Boys hockey: Ranked teams extend Irish losing streak to 12 gamesThe Rosemount hockey boys team is dealing with the reality of its situation. The Irish have struggled. They’ve faced tough competition. Lately, they’ve had to deal with injuries. Now, Rosemount is just hoping to continue working and improve as the season moves along. The Irish got a bye of sorts, having Tuesday off this week.
By: Brian Hall, Rosemount Town Pages
The Rosemount hockey boys team is dealing with the reality of its situation.
The Irish have struggled. They’ve faced tough competition. Lately, they’ve had to deal with injuries.
Now, Rosemount is just hoping to continue working and improve as the season moves along. The Irish got a bye of sorts, having Tuesday off this week.
It would help if the Irish could get some key players healthy again, and maybe the rest is a good thing for Rosemount.
“We definitely need that healthy bug to come back to us here,” Irish coach Scott Macho said. “We’ve been dealing with bumps and bruises and had some guys that needed to sit out a few games. We can take our lumps now, but as we go toward the end of the year here, we need to get back on the same page and make a push into the postseason. We have a few non-conference games coming up and we have some good opportunities to make a stride forward here.”
Against two top-10 teams last week, Rosemount had more misses than hits again. The Irish tried to hold their own in a 5-1 loss against No. 8 Eagan and then had an inexperienced squad suffer a 12-2 loss against No. 7 Bloomington Jefferson.
Jared Newman scored against Eagan, with assists to Andy Gustafson and Reese Richards.
Hank Fairchild made 60 saves in goal.
“We had a good game for a couple of periods,” Macho said. “We did stay with them. That was one of the first comments from the other coaches after the game — that we battled hard and pushed them the entire game and we should be proud of the way we competed for our time against them. We just ran out of a little bit of energy in the third period again, and we had some injuries in that game again.”
The injuries left Rosemount shorthanded against Jefferson, and the Jaguars opened up with seven goals in the first period.
“We had a lot of guys without a ton of experience in their pockets in our lineup,” Macho said. “I don’t think they were quite ready for that speed and that storm that Jefferson put on us in the first period there. We regrouped after that and I think we battled.”
Gustafson scored a power-play goal in the second on an assist from Cory Pederson.
Andrew Anderson scored a power-play goal in the third.
“Anderson pumped in another goal and showed some character, some leadership in that he wasn’t quitting,” Macho said. “You have your captain doing that and you hope everyone follows suit.”