18 December 2013

Girls Hockey: Top-rated Red Wing blanks Tigers

Breanna Raske attacks the Red Wing goal (photo by Jim Lindquist)
No. 1-rated Red Wing (Class A) paid a visit to Schmitz-Maki Arena Tuesday night and left with a 5-0 Missota Conference victory over the Tigers for its effort.

The contest was actually more evenly played than the final score indicated, as untimely penalties continued to plague the Farmington effort.

The high-flying Wingers scored four of their five goals on the power play, converting on four of six player-advantage situations. The Tigers were whistled for seven penalties for the night, a number Tiger coach Jon Holmes said is unacceptable.

"We have to keep that number to four or under," he said. "We kept pace with them (Red Wing) tonight when we were able to play five-on-five."

Red Wing scored a pair of goals in each of the first two periods and added an insurance score in the final frame

Battle at the Boards (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Molly Singewald guarded the Tiger nets and had a solid night considering all of the power plays she faced. Singewald finished with 27 saves.

Red Wing outshot its host by a respectable 32-23 margin, pointing to another area where Farmington needs to improve.

"In addition to keeping our penalties down, we need to as individuals shoot the puck both at practice and at home," Holmes said. "As a team, we really have not had hard, accurate shots and that is very apparent with getting 20-30 shots with less than two goals per game.

"We also need to protect the puck better individually. We need to be stick-handling at home and after practice so we do not allow other teams to skate by and swipe the puck so easily."

The Tigers have one more game before Christmas, a Thursday night Missota Conferene match-up with New Prague at Schmitz-Maki.