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Girls hockey: Wayzata, Park send Irish to 0-4

Rosemount was on the wrong side of a pair of 4-2 decisions as its record dropped to 0-4 last week.

The Irish fell behind 4-0 in last Tuesday's home loss to Wayzata, and then dug a 3-0 hole on the road in last Thursday's setback to Park at Cottage Grove Gardens.

The visitors had a 36-31 edge in shots on goal against Park, but didn't get on the board until Kristen Reuter found the net (assists from Amanda Comstock and Alexandra Malecha) at 13:00 of the second period. Less than a minute later, Kendra Goodrich scored on a pass from Samantha Rhody to make it 3-2 heading into the third period.

The Irish had a 13-12 advantage in shots and three power play opportunities in the third period, but couldn't produce another goal. Park pushed its lead back to two goals with a score at the 4:48 mark.

Lauren Topor played all 51 minutes in goal for the Irish and stopped 27 of 31 shots.

The Irish were outshot 36-17 and came up empty on five power play opportunities in last Tuesday's loss to Wayzata at Rosemount Community Center.

Reuter broke up the shutout with a goal on an assist from Goodrich five seconds into the third period. Malecha added a goal (assist from Comstock) at 7:19 to make it 4-2.

Topor finished with 32 saves.

The Irish opened South Suburban Conference play Tuesday at Lakeville North, and are now in the midst of an eight-day layoff until their first league home game next Thursday against Eastview.

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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