Girls hockey: Irish earn fourth date with Eagles
A strong finish to the regular season earned the Rosemount girls hockey team the No. 6 seed and what appears to be a favorable match-up in the first round of the Section 3AA tournament.
The Irish held on for a 3-2 road victory at rival Eastview last Tuesday and rallied to forge a 1-1 tie with Bloomington Jefferson Saturday in a regular season finale at Bloomington Ice Garden, giving them sole possession of sixth place out of 10 teams with a 5-8-4 record in the tightly-packed South Suburban Conference.
Apple Valley and Eastview finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the league, but the Eagles, who lost to Rosemount three times during the regular season, were given the section's No. 3 seed after finishing with an overall record of 12-12-1.
The seeding gave Apple Valley the honor of hosting 8-13-4 Rosemount in the fourth meeting between the teams Wednesday night in the opening round of the Section 3AA tourney.
"The girls have been playing very hard late in the season," Rosemount coach Josh Hoekstra said. "I believe that when we are healthy we are a dangerous hockey club. I am looking forward to the post-season."
Results of Wednesday's section game can be found online at www.rosemounttownpages.com.
The Irish were held scoreless for the first 50-plus minutes of Saturday's finale before Kendra Goodrich knotted the score with a power-play goal (assist to Lauren Riley) with 26 seconds left in regulation.
Goaltender Caitlin Dantzscher stopped all seven Jefferson shots during an eight-minute overtime to secure the tie. She finished with 35 saves.
Taylor Sampson came back from missing time due to a concussion to score a pair of early goals in a 3-2 win over Eastview last Tuesday in Apple Valley.
Sampson opened the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the first period (assist to Kristen Reuter). Her second goal came on another assist from Reuter, this time with the Irish short-handed at the 6:58 mark of the second. Just over three minutes later, Goodrich scored on the power play (assists to Sampson and Riley) to make it 3-0.
Dantzscher allowed a pair of goals in the third period, but still finished with 38 saves.