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Boys hockey: Tigers streak past Simley

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Another high-scoring week sent the Farmington boys hockey team into the holiday break with a four-game winning streak.

The Tigers wrapped up a 5-1 homestand with an 8-1 rout of Rochester Mayo last Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena, then rang up a season-high 10 goals in a 10-2 blowout of Simley at Veteran's Memorial Community Center Thursday night in Inver Grove Heights.

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"Simley is a team that has taken some lumps over the past couple years. That being said, they are just the kind of team that has given us troubles the past couple seasons," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "There's always the danger of playing down to your opponent's level. It was clear very early that was not going to be the case."

The Tigers (6-3) put away any thought of an upset with four goals in the first nine minutes. Andrew Peterson scored twice and Tyler Grubb and Quinn Malcolm each tacked on goals during the fast start.

Simley got on the board with a shot past Aaron Dahl at the 8:57 mark, but a Zak Payne power-play goal pushed the Farmington lead back to four at 5-1 through a period.

Grubb scored again midway through the second period, then added two more early in the third, giving him a career-high four goals in the game and a team-leading 13 this season. Grubb led the team with 22 goals last season after scoring 16 goals as a sophomore.

"Tyler is big, fast and nifty with the puck and a big shot. He has brought his game to a new level this season," Revels said. "He was a former penalty minute team leader my first year as a sophomore. Now he has a measly two minutes of penalty time through nine games. He's playing through the attention he gets as a proven scorer for us and maintaining his composure, being the senior captain that we need him to be."

Dan Handberg contributed to Grubb's big night with four assists. The line of Peterson, Grubb and Handberg finished with six goals and seven assists.

Trevor Hockert put Farmington into double figures for the first time since early last season with his first goal of the year late in the third period.

Dahl gave Victor Simones a game off between the pipes and finished with 22 saves.

Farmington 8,

Rochester Mayo 1

The Tigers held on to a slim 2-1 lead early in the third period before exploding for six goals in the final 14 minutes of an 8-1 win over Rochester Mayo last Tuesday.

Grubb scored three straight goals in a span of less than four minutes after a Peterson goal made it 3-1 early in the third. Malcolm followed with a power play goal and Matt Provost tacked on a late goal after assisting on three others.

Handberg and Peterson also tallied three assists apiece, and Hockert and Malcolm each added two.

"Mayo's top line got tired double shifting and were were able to contain them most of the night with any of our three lines," Revels said. "Our depth and physical play has been wearing down teams like Novocaine."

Simones picked up his fifth win in six starts, stopping 16 of 17 Rochester Mayo shots.

Jack Buss opened the scoring with a goal at the 6:18 mark of the first. The Spartans scored six minutes later, and the score stayed 1-1 until Kevin Olund's goal 1:31 into the second.

"We were off a bit early on and things were not clicking like Friday night (6-1 win vs. Shakopee). But we stuck with it, did not get frustrated and maintained our focus, something that has not been easy for us in recent history," Revels said. "It was nice to see our boys respond to some adversity with pucks not bouncing right and maintain some composure. Even better to see them rewarded for doing so."

The Tigers were back in action Tuesday night at Shakopee. They play tonight at Park of Cottage Grove at 7:30 p.m.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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