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Boys hockey: 'Second season' much like the first for Irish

Joe Kearney moves the puck during a game against Eagan.

The Rosemount boys hockey team wasn't able to end the regular season with the momentum coach Scott Macho was hoping for.

The Irish had to turn their attention this week to the second season, the playoffs.

Rosemount knew the regular season was in the past when it earned the No. 9 seed in the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament. The Irish got their chance to change their fortune when they took on No. 8 seed Park in the first round of the section tournament on Tuesday.

However, for Rosemount, the playoffs were all too similar to the regular season.

The Irish season ended with a 6-2 loss against Park.

Ryan Anderson got Rosemount off to a strong start, scoring just five seconds in off the opening faceoff.

The Wolfpack scored twice in the second period and added another goal in the third before Anderson struck again. He scored his second goal of the game just over four minutes into the third to pull the Irish within one at 3-2, but Park controlled the remainder of the game scoring three times in a six-minute span.

Mike Cossalter had two assists for Rosemount. Trevor Kolden had the first assist on the opening goal.

Goaltender Hank Fairchild made 37 saves for the Irish as they were outshot 43-30.

Last week, Rosemount (6-20, 3-15 South Suburban) ended the regular season with a 5-0 loss against Lakeville North after an 11-3 loss to No. 9 ranked Eagan and a 6-3 win against Bloomington Kennedy.

The win at home against the Eagles snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Irish.

Rosemount started strong against Bloomington Kennedy with two goals in the first period. The Irish tacked on one more in the second to take a 3-0 lead. With three more goals in the third, they stopped any chance at an Eagles comeback.

Lucas Haase scored two goals for Rosemount. Anderson, Cossalter, Justin Hummelgard and Matt Foley also found the back of the net for the Irish.

It was Rosemount's highest scoring output of the season.

Kolden, Andy Gustafson, Mack Goodrich, Connor Langfield, Max Fletcher, Josh Winter and Foley each tallied assists.

Justin Frank made 37 saves in goal to earn the win. The Irish outshot the Eagles 49-40.

Eagan, ranked No. 9 in the state and the section's top seed, scored eight goals in the second period against Rosemount last week.

Cossalter scored two goals for the Irish. Anderson had a goal and an assist. Kolden had two assists and Langfield finished with one assist.

Fairchild made 37 saves and Frank had 10 saves as Rosemount was outshot 58-12.

Frank made 44 saves in the loss against Lakeville North. The Irish were outshot 49-26.

Burnsville, ranked No. 11, won the South Suburban Conference title with 32 points and a record of 15-1-2. Apple Valley, ranked No. 12, was second with 27 points. Eagan and No. 16 Bloomington Jefferson each had 26 points.