Boys hockey: South, Eagan put up big numbers
Rosemount hockey coach Scott Macho knew early last week when he looked at the upcoming schedule that his team might be in for some difficult games against some talented opponents.
Still, he was holding out hope that the scores wouldn't get as out of hand as they did. The Irish ended up allowing 31 goals in the course of three losses in eight days against the top three teams in the South Suburban Conference standings. After an 8-1 loss at 12th-ranked Burnsville last Saturday, the Irish were handed a 13-1 setback by No. 15 Lakeville South and a 10-2 decision by No. 4 Eagan last week at Rosemount Community Center.
"They were tough games against some really good teams," Macho said. "I think any time you have a loss like that it definitely shakes you up a little bit. We were just unfortunate to play those three teams in a row. I will say the kids have always shown up at practice the next day and continued to work hard."
Part of what got the Irish through the rough stretch, according to Macho, was knowing there were more winnable games on the horizon.
"They realize we can still have a good, positive end to the season," he said. "There are a number of teams we can compete with and beat. We just needed to get through that stretch."
The Eagan game was still 2-1 after a period despite the Wildcats' 20-2 advantage in shots on goal. Ryan Gould provided a short-handed goal for the Irish.
Eagan scored the first five goals of the second period, then added two more after Trevor Kolden's power play goal (assists to Anthony Winters and Ryan Anderson) at the 7:44 mark. The Wildcats scored four power-play goals in the period and finished 5 of 6 while playing with a man advantage.
"The new rules really came into effect," Macho said. "We took a five-minute major and they scored two power play goals, and after the five-minute major we had more penalties and they scored on just about every power play they had."
Tom Fraune played the whole game in goal and finished with 47 saves. Fraune allowed the first nine goals against South, then back-up Austin Leslie let in the last four in the third period.
The Cougars led 5-0 before Ted Schultz got Rosemount on the board in the second period (assists to Austin Gunderson and Evan Weiand).
The Irish, now 4-14 overall, hosted Park of Cottage Grove Tuesday and are back on the road tonight when they travel to Apple Valley to face rival Eastview.