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Girls hockey: Girls split a pair with winning streak snapped in process

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When discussing her team's performance last week, Rosemount girls hockey coach Tracy Engstrom had a bit of a mixed reaction.

A 5-2 win against Woodbury started the week, but the week ended with a 4-2 loss to Lakeville North.

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Just the type of results that would offer a split perspective.

"I guess getting a split is nice, but obviously, every time you go into a game you hope to come out with a win," Engstrom said. "Beating Woodbury was a plus because they are a section opponent. We beat Park earlier and now Woodbury, another section team, so you would hope that would help later on around the playoffs with getting seeded."

The positives of another win in conference will have to override the disappointment of another Lake Conference loss.

A slow start, and tougher second period, cost the Irish in the game against Lakeville North.

The Panthers scored once in the first and three times in the second before Rosemount got on track.

"We came out flat," Engstrom said. "We had a slow start and never picked it up. We couldn't get any sustained offensive pressure and had a hard time getting out of our zone. We weren't moving our feet."

The Irish then scored twice in the third. Rachael Kelly scored just over a minute in and Taylor Sampson added a goal later.

Alison Warweg, Lauren Riley and Allison Micheletti each had an assist.

Slow starts weren't a problem against Woodbury, with Rosemount scoring four times in the first period.

"That was actually a nice surprise," Engstrom said. "Typically, this team has been a somewhat slower starting team. The first period hasn't always been our best period. Hopefully, maybe we are maturing and growing out of that."

Sampson started the scoring, and Tina McGivern scored before Kelly had two goals to finish the period. Sampson added a second goal in the second.

Sadie Bigelbach had two assists, and Megan Haley had 32 saves in goal.

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