08 January 2014

Girls Hockey: Nada in Northfield

Molly Singewald 17 saves in shutout loss (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington (6-10-1) had more chances but in the end a goal by Northfield's Aleisha Bielenberg with 11 minutes to play in regulation was all the Raiders needed in a 1-0 Missota Conference win Tuesday night at Northfield Arena.

The Tigers edged Northfield (6-10) by the same score when the two teams met at Schmitz-Maki Arena last month.

"This was a real disappointing game for us," Tiger coach Jon Holmes said. "We came out flat and never really got ourselves up to pace until the end of the game. We also fell into some old bad habits."

The chief tendency to which Holmes referred was taking costly penalties. Seven infractions were whistled in the contest, all against Farmington. That's 14 minutes of skating a player short.

The loss for Farmington, which had won four of its last five coming into the contest, was doubly frustrating because despite its lackluster play, it had some golden opportunities in the final period.

One apparent goal was waived off and another shot by Rachael Welzin clanged off the post in the closing minutes.

"We had the puck in their zone almost the entire third period with several flurries of shots in front of the net," Holmes said. "We just couldn't get the puck in the net."

The visitors outshot the winners 27-18 with Tiger goalie Molly Singewald finishing the night with 17 saves.

"All in all, we know we cannot just show up and win any games on our schedule," Holmes said. "Hopefully we can rally from this and keep the last half of our season on the right track."

The Tigers will try to get back on the winning road Friday night when they entertain Hudson, Wisconsin, in a non-conference game at Schmitz-Maki Arena.