Girls Hockey: Rosemount comes up just a bit shortThe Rosemount girls hockey team received its nine-day holiday break. After three straight losses, some in disappointing fashion, the Irish were looking to start the season’s second half with a bit more luck.
By: Brian Hall, Rosemount Town Pages
The Rosemount girls hockey team received its nine-day holiday break.
After three straight losses, some in disappointing fashion, the Irish were looking to start the season’s second half with a bit more luck.
By participating in the Farmington tournament, Rosemount had its chance to see how the break might change momentum.
The first game back ended in a loss, but Irish coach Tracy Engstrom had quite a few positives to take from it.
“I thought it was a great game,” Engstrom said. “Both teams were equally matched. Both teams battled really hard.”
Rosemount (6-7, 3-6 Lake Conference) lost 4-3 to Farmington in the first game back, but Engstrom saw something from her squad that she wasn’t always seeing before the break.
“It was three good periods of hockey for us,” Engstrom said. “That was nice to see. We’ve talked about being consistent and playing three strong periods. Last night we did that. We just came up a little short.”
And Engstrom wasn’t downplaying the effect of the break on her squad.
“Definitely, having a few days off was a good thing,” Engstrom said. “It helps with just getting rested and rejuvenated for the second half of the season. I liked what I saw last night.”
Farmington opened the scoring, but Rosemount quickly answered with two goals from Rachael Kelly.
The teams entered the first intermission tied 2-2 and it stayed that way until the third period.
Farmington again scored first, but Sarah Tollefson tied the game at 3-3 before the Tigers scored late to earn the win.
Taylor Sampson added two assists for Rosemount.
Engstrom and the Irish were hoping to bounce back in the second game against Park.
Results were not available at press time. Go to www.rosemounttownpages.com for results.
A matchup with Park takes on added significance. Rosemount beat the Wolfpack, a section opponent, earlier in the year and don’t want to lose the ground gained with the earlier victory.
“It can certainly help decide where we are seeded later,” Engstrom said. “If they win, they can come back later and say they deserve a better seed. But, its a big benefit if we can come out and win.”