While most Rosemount residents were recovering from Christmas activities on Dec. 26, the Rosemount boys hockey team headed north for a three-game stretch that was as welcome as any Christmas gift. The Irish won all three of their games in the Duluth Heritage Holiday Classic, beating Apple Valley Dec. 26, Duluth Denfield Dec. 27 and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Dec. 28.
The first game was the most commanding win for the Irish. Rosemount traveled more than 150 miles to play a team located just down the road and came out with a decisive 6-2 win over the Eagles thanks in part to a big first period.
Charlie Monn got the Irish on the board just 5 ½ minutes into the game with assists from Andy Glad and Ryan Foley. Lukas Gillett added two more, both on assists from Foley and Justin Crowell. Then Blake Longhenry scored just before the period ended on assists from Chad Hinkle and Nick Peterson.
Apple Valley pulled one goal back early in the second period, but Crowell added a goal at 14:27 on assists from Zach Bichler and Andy Glad. After Apple Valley scored again in the third, Gillett finished his hat trick on an assist from Bichler.
Nick Hart played in goal for the Irish and stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.
The games got closer the rest of the tournament. Rosemount scored once in the first period and twice in the third to beat host Denfield in the second game. Andy Glad got the lone goal of the first period on assists from Tyler Frank and Bichler.
Denfield tied the score in the second, then went up 2-1 in the third before Foley and Peyton Norder closed things out for the Irish.
Rosemount had 34 shots in the game. Tom Fraune stopped 19 of 21 shots for the Irish.
Against Cloquet on Saturday, Rosemount scored three early goals, then hung on for the win. Jake Simonet (from Gillett), Foley (from Spike Burkard) and Gillett (from Foley and Crowell) scored the game’s first three goals.
Cloquet added a goal in the first and one in the second, but couldn’t get the third goal it needed to tie the score.
Rosemount had 22 shots on goal for the game. Cloquet had 32, and Fraune stopped 30.