Girls hockey: Humble's goal forges 1-1 tie with Burnsville
The Rosemount and Burnsville girls hockey teams have proved to be pretty evenly matched this season.
The squads skated to a 1-1 tie Saturday at Burnsville Ice Center, the second deadlock they have played to in the last month and a half. The first match-up in early December resulted in a 5-5 draw. Despite the drop in goals, Irish coach Josh Hoekstra said the two games had a lot in common.
"Saturday's game was very similar to the first one," he said. "Both teams played hard and had a chance to win."
Each team went scoreless over the 17-minute third period and eight-minute overtime. Even the shots on goal wound up even: 28 for Burnsville, 27 for Rosemount.
The Blaze got on the board early in the first period, but the Irish answered with a goal by Ashlee Humble at the 4:08 mark of the second (assist to Lauren Riley).
"(Humble) has been working very hard in practice and it paid off on Saturday," Hoekstra said.
Caitlin Dantzscher played all 59 minutes in goal for the Irish and stopped 27 of the 28 Burnsville shots.
The Irish (7-11-3) are now unbeaten in their last three conference games, improving their league record to 4-6-3 heading into the final four games of the regular season. With Burnsville, Eastview and Apple Valley all within a game, Rosemount can still finish anywhere from fifth to ninth in the standings.
"It should be exciting coming down the stretch," Hoekstra said.
Rosemount's slate gets tougher this week as they take on ninth-ranked Lakeville South and No. 10 Eagan, two teams that have beaten them by a combined 15-1 this season.