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Girls hockey: Injuries overshadow win over Centennial

Saturday's 5-3 victory over 18th-ranked (Class 1A) Centennial was bittersweet for the Rosemount girls hockey team.

The Irish matched their season high with five goals and once again got solid goaltending from Caitlyn Dantzscher, but both Dantzscher and forward Kristen Reuter went down with injuries. Dantzscher will miss at least two weeks with a hip injury and Reuter is out indefinitely with a back injury.

"I really feel bad for these two because they were both playing great hockey. We are looking forward to their return," Rosemount coach Josh Hoekstra said. "It is now time for the other girls to pick up the slack and be ready to contribute as we play five ranked teams in eight games. No one is feeling sorry for us and no one is going to let up on us. This is what it means to be part of a team, facing adversity and not letting it get the best of you."

Before she was injured, Reuter contributed the game's first goal to tie the score at 1-1 in the first period. Kendra Goodrich followed with a pair of power-play goals and Lauren Riley added a short-handed goal while the Irish were trying to kill off a 5-on-3 Centennial advantage.

"Lauren's goal was absolutely huge for us," Hoekstra said. "It was an amazing individual effort that gave our team such a lift."

Shania Anderson added an open-net goal late in the third to give the Irish (2-2-1) their first win of the season in front of the home fans at Rosemount Community Center.

Rosemount took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Goodrich 5:20 into the second period of last Tuesday's South Suburban Conference game against Prior Lake, but the rest of the game belonged to Lakers goaltender Lexi Brandt.

Brandt stopped Rosemount's other 20 second-period shots, and shut the Irish out over the third period and an eight-minute overtime as the Lakers rallied to forge a 2-2 tie at Dakotah Ice Arena.

"We just had a difficult time solving the Prior Lake goaltender. That is sports. Sometimes you outplay your opponent but you don't necessarily see the results you would like," Hoekstra said. "I think the girls learned that you have to play hard for three periods. Playing hard for two will not get you very far in this conference."

Dantzscher stopped 22 of 24 Prior Lake shots.

Reuter accounted for the other Rosemount goal 31 seconds into the first period.