As one lengthy losing streak ended Tuesday, another continued to grow.
The Faribault High School boys hockey team earned a 3-2 win over Owatonna at the Faribault Ice Arena. In doing so, the Falcons snapped their seven-game skid.
Making the win even sweeter, perhaps, was that it came against the rival Huskies.
“When you’re on a seven-game losing streak, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” coach Brad Ryan said. “It feels good (to win).”
Senior Sean Lipinski scored twice, including the game winner, as FHS (3-8, 1-1 Big 9 Conference) won for the first time since a 4-2 win over Northfield on Dec. 2. For the Huskies (4-9, 1-3) the loss marked their seventh in a row.
Tuesday’s win was also the first time all season the Falcons did not allow a power-play goal, Ryan said. Owatonna was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
“We cleared the puck well in their defensive zone,” Ryan said. “We limited the amount of minutes they had.”
FHS took a 2-1 lead early in the second period on a power-play goal by sophomore Riley Jandro. His shot beat Huskies goalie Luke Ebeling top shelf off the bottom of the crossbar.
Just over two minutes later, Owatonna responded. Jesse Ebeling beat Falcons netminder Cody Morsching shorthanded to pull even at 2-2.
But Lipinski broke the tie 6:52 into the third period on his second goal of the night, ending Faribault’s lengthy losing streak.
“Sean Lipinski has a track record of turning it on in the second half of the season,” Ryan said. “He’s right on pace.”
FHS GAME STATISTICS
Owatonna 1 1 0 — 2
Faribault 1 1 1 — 3
Scoring — First period: 0:24 FHS Sean Lipinski (Brett Grossman), 13:06 OWA Zach Olson (Paul Swenson). Second period: 1:12 FHS Riley Jandro (Jack Helgeson, Brandon Teske) PPG, 3:24 OHS Jesse Ebeling (David Feichtinger) SHG. Third period: 6:52 FHS Lipinski (Teske). Shots on goal: FHS 21, OWA 23. Saves: FHS Cody Morsching 21, OWA Luke Ebeling 18.