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Boys hockey: Langfield scores twice in opening victory

Before the Rosemount boys hockey team opened its season last week with a home game against Rochester Century, Irish coach Scott Macho talked about a different atmosphere around the team this year.

Macho spoke of the positivity and hard work being put in by his players.

Rosemount then went out and discovered the best way to keep the positivity going -- by winning.

The Irish opened the season last week with a 3-1 victory against Rochester Century.

"It was fun," Macho said. "We've got a new batch of kids this year and they are working well with each other. We came out fairly well in the first game. There are always things to iron out, but it was certainly a great way to start the season with JV and varsity wins."

Connor Langfield scored twice and Josh Winter added another goal, and goaltender Hank Fairchild made 30 saves for the Irish.

Macho was pleased with the effort, but knows there will be trying times ahead. However, the change in attitude and atmosphere might allow Rosemount to overcome any potential obstacles.

"We'll have to weather the storm a few times this year," Macho said. "We're in a tough conference again. But as I've mentioned before, it's the way the kids respond to each other. And to us, it's been a very positive thing."

Macho said the Irish had a lapse in the second period and took a few penalties in the third which led to a five-on-three opportunity for Rochester Century, but Rosemount withstood the challenge.

The Irish were outshot 31-22, but still won the game and scored in each period. The two teams combined for 26 shots in the third period.

"One thing we touched on was the second period lull," Macho said. "We only got four shots. So, our goal was to come out and get everything toward the net."

Rosemount will look to get more scoring from its forwards when the Irish play host to Apple Valley today. Langfield and Winter are both defensemen.

"We'll have to try and teach our forwards to score," Macho joked.