|Michaela Tonsager scored 1st Tiger goal (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
The Panthers eventually prevailed 6-3 but Farmington (2-5) made its presence known, twice pulling to within a goal before Century pulled away over the final period and a half.
The winners broke to a 1-0 lead in the game's first minute but the Tigers countered with a score from Michaela Tonsager (from Maddi Oines) to tie the count.
Century scored twice more in the opening period but the Tigers made it a one-goal minute game early in the second on Ellie Mosher's fourth goal of the season. Dani Wright and Brooke Raske assisted on the goal.
The Panthers then rattled off three unanswered scores before Oines got the visitors back on the board in the game's closing minutes.
Madison Bowe worked the Tiger nets for the first 31:33 and gave up the first five goals (on 17 shots). Molly Singewald came on to play the final 19:27 and stopped six of the seven shots she faced.
The Panthers outshot the Tigers by a 24-17 margin.
"We are a tale of two teams," coach Jon Holmes said. "The first period really drove us into a hole we couldn't get out of. We dominated them the second period and then we get four straight penalties and get scored on twice again.
"With all of the penalties (9 for 18 minutes), it was amazing we kept it to a three-goal game...It was a tough loss but it did show that we know what needs to be done come playoff time and that we have it in us."
Farmington gets back on the ice next Tuesday when they host Chaska/Chanhassen in a Missota Conference game at Schmitz-Maki Arena.