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Boys hockey: Ranked teams roll by Irish

n No. 10 Burnsville and No. 7 Eagan combined to outscore Rosemount, 13-1

After last Saturday's 3-2 loss to Lakeville South, Rosemount head coach Brad Stepan predicted it would be a tough week ahead for his hockey team.

He was right.

The Irish were dealt a 5-0 shutout on the road at No. 10-ranked Burnsville last Tuesday, and then returned home last Thursday and suffered an 8-1 loss to seventh-ranked Eagan at the Rosemount Community Center. A third straight ranked team - No. 12 Prior Lake - came to town Tuesday, and now the Irish might finally get a chance to catch their collective breath Saturday against a Bloomington Kennedy team that has lost seven games in a row.

The lone goal of the week came with Eagan already leading 7-0 in the third period. Lukas Gillett found the net at the 4:55 mark with the assist going to Spike Burkard.

The Wildcats finished with a 55-12 advantage in shots on goal, which meant a busy night for goaltender Tom Fraune, who finished with 47 saves.

Fraune had 45 saves two days earlier against Burnsville. The Blaze had a 50-20 shot advantage and led 5-0 by the end of the second period.

The Irish are now 7-12 overall and 2-9 in the South Suburban Conference. A road win at Kennedy Saturday would keep them out of last place in the league standings.

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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