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Girls hockey: Early mistakes costly at Jefferson

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The Rosemount girls hockey team dug itself a hole it couldn’t get out of in the first four minutes of Saturday’s South Suburban Conference game against Bloomington Jefferson.

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The Jaguars scored four goals in that span and added a power-play goal later in the period to build a 5-0 lead in an eventual 8-0 shutout at Bloomington Ice Garden. The Irish were out-shot 53-9 and were shut out for the fourth time this season as they fell to 0-9.

“We had a few breakdowns in the first three minutes and 51 seconds which led to four goals. This could have been a 0-0 game after the first period, but as a team when we made a bad play or broke down in coverage we did not support each other to make up for the mistake,” Rosemount coach Tom Conboy said.

The Jaguars continued to dominate possession, but scored just three more goals on 33 shots over the final two periods. Eighth-grade goaltender Rachel Carlson made 45 saves in her first start of the season.

“Down by several goals going into the third period it would have been really easy to give up and let the game get out of hand, but we as coaches are extremely proud with how they kept battling and finished the game,” Conboy said. “There were a lot of positives from our performance. Our power play was the best it has looked in nine games. We created several opportunities with the way we moved our feet and controlled the puck and we cut down on our penalties.”

Earlier in the week, the Irish got on the board first but couldn’t get anything going after that in a 5-1 loss at Apple Valley.

Ashlee Humble knocked in the team’s lone goal 17 seconds into the first period. Natalie Deeg and Alex Malecha provided assists.

Apple Valley tied the game just over two minutes later, and pulled ahead with three unanswered goals midway through the second period. The Eagles finished with a 47-10 shot advantage.

Lauren Toper finished with 42 saves.

The Irish hosted Shakopee Tuesday and are back on the road at Eagan tonight.

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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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