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Girls hockey: Rally falls just short in section

Time ran out on Rosemount’s comeback attempt in Monday’s Section 3AA play-in game in Woodbury.

The ninth-seeded Irish fell behind 4-0 by the middle of the second period, but battled back with three third-period goals before falling 5-4 to No. 8-seeded Woodbury at Bielenberg Ice Arena. The young Irish’s 12th straight loss put an end to a frustrating 1-25 season, while Woodbury’s first win in 11 tries since late December advanced it to face top-seeded Burnsville in the second round.

Rosemount was out-shot just 21-16 in the second period against Woodbury, but the Royals scored four goals in the period, including three in a span of just over two minutes to push their advantage to 4-0. Hannah Enright finally ended the run with a power-play goal at the 11:29 mark to get the Irish on the board. Ashlee Humble provided the assist.

In the third, the Irish came alive and out-shot Woodbury 19-6. Natalie Deeg scored a pair of goals and Kristen Reuter added one in her final game. Reuter, Humble, Alex Sirek, Anndrea Hughes and Alex Malecha all provided assists during the late-game run.

Goaltender Rachel Carlson finished with 34 saves.

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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