01 January 2014

Girls Hockey: Going out with another win

Megan Stivers goal, 2 assists vs. St. Louis Park (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers started their New Year's eve party a few hours early with a 3-0 non-conference shutout win over St. Louis Park Tuesday afternoon at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Farmington got goals from three different players and let its stingy defense and goalie Molly Singewald do the rest.

The victory was the Tigers' third in four games and improved their season record to 5-9-1.

Megan Stivers (from Maddi Oines and Rachael Welzin) and Oines (from Stivers and Welzin) scored goals in a tightly played first period to give the home team an early lead and from there the winners dominated play.

Farmington outshot its guests by a one-sided 31-7 margin over the final two periods and held a 41-17 edge for the game.

Maddi Oines goal, assist (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Michaela Tonsager closed the scoring with a third period goal on assists from Scootie Donnelly and Stivers

Singewald continued her recent strong play in goal, stopping all 17 shots the Orioles sent her way.

The shutout was the freshman netminder's fourth (3 wins and a tie) of the season and lowered her goals-against average to 1.77 while raising her save percentage to .926.

Farmington also ended the 2013 portion of its schedule with a smaller victory of sorts, namely staying out of the penalty box. The Tigers picked up just two minor infractions and spent but 4:00 playing shorthanded.

"We have to keep that penalty number below four if we expect to win games," coach Jon Holmes said.

The Tigers start their 2014 schedule Friday night with a Missota Conference home game with Holy Angels (2-5-2) at Schmitz-Maki.

Michaela Tonsager scored the third Tiger goal (photo by Jim Lindquist)