|Jake Bauman 2 goals, 2 assists (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
Farmington suffered its fourth-one goal loss of the season Friday night at Hastings, a 7-6 squeaker, the identical score of earlier losses to Lakeville South and Rochester Century. Last week the Tigers fell to Holy Angels 9-8.
"When we play hard and smart we match up with anyone," coach Paul Sorensen said. "It's not a stretch to say that we could be 7-0 at this point. To say I am disappointed with this loss would be a gross understatement."
Two things hurt the effort at Hastings, a slow start and an ill-time penalty down the stretch.
The Raiders jumped to an early 3-0 lead the visitors could never quite overcome. They did battle back to tie the count at 4-4 by halftime but could not close the deal.
"We didn't come out with any fire," Sorensen said. "We played hard in coming back but you can't afford to spot a team, any team, three goals."
The late penalty, a problem that has plagued the Tigers all season, opened the door for the game-winning goal.
Another frustration for the Tigers showed on stat sheet where they held a 23-16 shots-on-goal advantage. Farmington goalie Matt Heinzerling recorded nine saves.
|Kevin Clifton 2 goals (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
Brendan Berg and Corey Rudrud accounted for the other Farmington goals and Caleb Hakala added an assist.
Next Tuesday the Tigers host Rochester John Marshall at Tiger Stadium and Thursday they travel to Owatonna for another section contest. The following week they close the regular season with a busy four-game slate.