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Girls Hockey: Offense takes it up a notch in win

Shots on goal can be a bit misleading for a girls hockey team.

The Rosemount girls learned this lesson the hard way last week. On a team with as many talented offensive players as the Irish have, outshooting an opponent will typically lead to just one result -- a victory.

But sometimes even the best of offensive players can't put the puck in the back of the net.

Typically the strength of the team, the Irish offense struggled in a home loss to Bloomington Jefferson last week.

The opportunities were there, but the results weren't.

"The Jefferson game I thought was a little disappointing," Rosemount coach Tracy Engstrom said. "I think that we should have capitalized on more scoring chances. We had twice as many chances as they did, but couldn't find the back of the net.

"It was frustrating because we controlled the tempo and controlled the play most of the game."

Despite outshooting Bloomington Jefferson 24-15, Rosemount lost, 2-1.

Down 2-0, Rachael Kelly scored in the third.

"It was a little surprising we didn't get more offense," Engstrom said. "It wasn't a lack of opportunities. We just didn't bear down and finish. We worked on it all day in practice and it paid off in the game Saturday."

Again, the Irish peppered the goaltender, this time outshooting Apple Valley, 41-24. This time it resulted in a 5-2 win.

"Against Jefferson it seemed to look like we wanted to make that one last stick handle move, or move around one person and we didn't get the shot off. Against Apple Valley, we threw it on net from smart angles and had higher quality scoring chances."

Sophomore Allison Micheletti recorded her second hat trick in three games.

"Allison is really doing well, and Kendra Goodrich got her first varsity goal, so that is nice to see," Engstrom said.

After Apple Valley tied the game 2-2 heading into the third period, Micheletti responded with two goals -- one shorthanded -- and Goodrich finished the scoring with her goal.

Kelly had the team's other goal. Kayla Goehring had two assists.

The team's leading scorers, Micheletti and Kelly are skating separately to provide more punch.

"We are trying to balance out the lines," Engstrom said. "It provides a deeper threat for us. We have three really strong lines that can play against anybody."

Desiree Goret made 22 saves in goal to earn the win.