Girls Hockey: Season ends with loss to top seed
Rosemount girls hockey coach Tracy Engstrom talked often this season about the need for consistency.
Engstrom could see the talent and potential in her team.
But, she also too often saw a team that couldn't keep the good times going.
What she preached was a full 51-minute effort, game-in and game-out.
It looked like the Irish were finally starting to put it all together at the end of the regular season as they rolled off two wins and played well in a loss at Burnsville.
Rosemount was rewarded with fourth seed in the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament, and a home playoff game.
The Irish then went out and beat fifth-seeded Woodbury, 3-1.
But, that win would bring one thing few teams would hope to see -- a matchup with top seed and No. 10-ranked Eagan.
Rosemount played the Wildcats at Veteran's Memorial Community Center last weekend and lost, 4-2.
Eagan, the Lake Conference champion, has lost only five games this season heading into the section finals against Eastview.
The Irish lost 4-1 and 3-1 in conference play against the Wildcats.
Last week was another two-goal loss.
Eagan opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the first period.
Rosemount's Rachael Kelly made it a 1-1 game, converting an assist from Lauren Riley.
But the Wildcats came right back to make it a 2-1 game after the first.
Kendra Goodrich scored in the second to tie the game again.
But, Eagan scored again in the second, and once in the third to take the win.
Rachel Vath had an assist for the Irish and Desiree Goret made 38 saves.