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Rosemount's Hannah Esselman passes the puck during Saturday's 3-1 loss to Apple Valley.

Girls hockey: Fast start keys victory over Eastview

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Girls hockey: Fast start keys victory over Eastview
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The Rosemount girls hockey team finally got into the win column with a 4-1 South Suburban Conference triumph over rival Eastview last Thursday at the Rosemount Community Center.

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The Irish lost their first five games of the season, then sat through an eight-day Thanksgiving break before getting back on the ice against the Lightning.

Once the eight-day layoff was over, the Irish wasted little time in getting on the board. Alexandra Malecha scored just 29 seconds in (assists to Kristen Reuter and Shaniah Anderson) and Kendra Goodrich knocked in an unassisted goal 11 seconds later to give the hosts a quick 2-0 advantage.

Eastview posted a 12-7 advantage in shots on goal in the second period, but goaltender Lauren Topor stopped all 12 to preserve the lead. It stayed 2-0 until Goodrich scored her second goal on the power play (assists to Reuter and Amanda Comstock) 8:11 into the third period.

Monique Rothlisberger added a goal (assists to Goodrich and Natalie Deeg) at 10:18 to make it 4-0.

Topor finished with 25 saves to pick up her first win in the net. She held Eastview scoreless on all four of its power plays.

The Irish once again took an early lead Saturday against Apple Valley, but the Eagles scored three late goals to nab a 3-1 road win.

Comstock scored on an assist from Hannah Enright 2:59 into the game and the score stayed 1-0 Irish until midway through the third period. Apple Valley tied the game at 8:00 and scored again just over two minutes later to take the lead for good. The Eagles added an empty-netter with three seconds left.

Topor finished with 30 saves.

The Irish (1-6) are home again tonight when they host Bloomington Jefferson (6-1)

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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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