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Girls hockey: Irish pick up steam with 3-0 week

Heading into last week, Rosemount girls hockey coach Tracy Cassano was hoping her team was ready to build on three straight wins as the Irish faced a busy week with three games and were approaching the end of the regular season.

Rosemount's busy week turned out as well as Cassano could have hoped and the Irish built even more momentum with two weeks left in the regular season.

The Irish beat Apple Valley, 5-1, Shakopee, 4-,0 and Bloomington Kennedy, 7-0, last week.

Apple Valley and Bloomington Kennedy comprise the bottom of the South Suburban Conference though, and the schedule gets tougher with games left against Lakeville South, Eagan and Eastview to close out the regular season.

Rosemount entered the week tied for second with Eastview in the South Suburban Conference with 23 points. The Irish had an 11-2-1 conference mark while the Lightning were 11-3-1. Lakeville South led the conference with 27 points on the strength of a 13-1-1 record.

Eagan had 19 points with a 9-4-1 record.

But Rosemount appears to be clicking after stretching its win streak to six games after sweeping the three games last week.

Taylor Sampson had two goals and two assists for the No. 11-ranked Irish in the win over Apple Valley. Rachael Kelly had four assists as Rosemount's top line was clicking.

Allison Micheletti had a goal and assist. Alison Warweg and Kristin Reuter also scored for Rosemount, while Kendra Goodrich added one assist.

Caitlin Dantzscher had 17 saves in goal for Rosemount, which outshot Apple Valley 59-18.

Dantzscher posted her third shutout in four games against Shakopee, making 24 saves.

Sarah Tollefson had two goals, while Kelly had a goal and two assists.

Micheletti scored for the third straight game. Sampson had two assists and Bailey Vitek tallied one assist.

Tollefson added two goals and three assists against Bloomington Kennedy.

Kelly had a goal and two assists. Micheletti and Sampson each added a goal and assist. Reuter and Goodrich also scored goals. Lauren Riley and Amanda Wilson had assists.

The offensive explosion helped goaltender Crina Norgaarden earn the victory. She made nine saves.

The Irish host No. 6 Lakeville South on Saturday.