Boys hockey: Long season wrapping up against ranked opponentsWith everything the Rosemount boys hockey team has been through this season, the Irish are just looking for positives to build on. Rosemount was hoping to be playing its best hockey of the season now, with the regular season concluding tomorrow at Eagan and the playoffs opening next week.
By: Brian Hall, Rosemount Town Pages
With everything the Rosemount boys hockey team has been through this season, the Irish are just looking for positives to build on.
Rosemount was hoping to be playing its best hockey of the season now, with the regular season concluding tomorrow at Eagan and the playoffs opening next week.
The schedule makers didn’t make it any easier for the Irish to turn the corner. Rosemount finished the regular season with three games against teams ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A.
“It’s tough,” Irish coach Scott Macho said. “It makes it difficult to get some momentum going. We want to get it going. It’s what we’re looking for at the end of the season. At the same time, I saw two really good periods (against Eden Prairie). We didn’t stop competing. We walked away knowing we had played hard and maybe we can build on some of the good things and get something to start happening for us.”
Rosemount lost 11-0 against No. 6 Eden Prairie on Tuesday. Last week, the Irish lost 6-0 at Lakeville South. Rosemount (2-20, 0-17 Lake) hosted No. 8 Burnsville on Thursday night and end the season tomorrow at No. 10 Eagan.
Seeding for the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament will take place on Sunday. The tournament begins Feb. 23.
What Macho saw against Eden Prairie gives him some hope.
“We looked at the first couple periods and weren’t too disappointed with how we had played,” Macho said. “They had everyone available and were healthy. We weren’t. We have a couple of games left and I think we’ll finally be getting back to a somewhat regular lineup similar to what we had at the beginning of the year.
“It’s been a long season with continued injuries, mistakes and stuff. It will maybe be nice to get everybody back for the end of the year.”
After two periods, Rosemount had 16 shots on goal compared to 17 for the Eagles. Eden Prairie led 8-0 heading into the second intermission, though.
Justin Franks made 19 saves in goal for the Irish. Hank Fairchild came on late in the second and made 22 saves.
Against Lakeville South, Fairchild made 41 saves.
Rosemount was outshot 47-25.