Girls hockey: Irish fall to Edina 6-0Updated
Rosemount fell to second-ranked Edina 6-0 in the opening round of the Minnesota State High School League girls hockey tournament.
By: Brian Hall, Rosemount Town Pages
The Rosemount girls hockey team was making its first trip to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the Class 2A state hockey tournament.
Unfortunately for the Irish, their trip to the “X” is done after one game.
Rosemount took a 6-0 loss on Thursday to No. 2 seed Edina in the first round of the tournament. The Irish will play Lakeville South in the consolation bracket to be held at Ridder Arena at the University of Minnesota.
In its first state tournament appearance in school history, Rosemount came out strong and pressured the second-ranked Hornets from the beginning. But the bounces went Edina’s way with two goals in the first period.
The Hornets scored 3:23 into the first period, and added another goal at the 9:26 mark of the first. The Irish outshot Edina 11-8 in the first period but Hornets’ goaltender Maddie Dahl made a few important saves and Rosemount had a couple of shots ring off the goal post.
“I do think that made a difference in the game,” Irish coach Tracy Cassano said of the missed scoring chances. “I put that as the moment that the game definitely changed for us. Not that the kids were down or anything, but I do think that had we buried those opportunities the game takes on a whole new look and we had lots of energy.
“We had a great crowd today and they would be fired up and into the game. It definitely was a game-changing moment for her to make those couple of saves or for us to get a couple of lucky bounces.”
The Irish held a 20-15 advantage in shots through two periods. However, Edina capitalized when it counted for a 3-0 lead after two periods.
The Hornets scored three times in the third period, twice on the power play.
Rosemount goaltender Caitlin Dantzscher finished with 24 saves.
Senior co-captains Allison Micheletti and Rachael Kelly each had a team-high seven shots on goal.
The Irish will now face a familiar foe, No. 3 seed and No. 4 ranked Lakeville South. The Cougars lost 4-3 against Hill-Murray in Thursday's second game. Rosemount and Lakeville South play at Ridder Arena at 10 a.m. on Friday.
“We’re a little bit sad, I guess,” Micheletti said. “The girls are a little bit surprised that the score came out to be that way because we didn’t come into the game thinking it would be that way. We wanted to win. We thought we could win. Right now, we just have to get over it and look forward to the next game.”