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Girls hockey: Irish second at Classic

Playing with its full, healthy lineup for the first time in a month, the Rosemount girls hockey team got back on track at the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic.

The Irish, who entered with a four-game losing streak, advanced all the way to the championship game of the eight-team tournament before falling 2-0 to 10-3-1 Lakeville North in the championship game last Thursday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

"The big difference for us in this tournament was the fact that we had our complete lineup for the first time in close to five weeks and the girls worked extremely hard," Rosemount head coach Josh Hoekstra said. "Although moral victories are not what this team is after, I could not have been more pleased with the effort from this group."

Rosemount goaltender Caitlin Dantzscher returned from injury to stop 89 shots in three games to earn all-tournament honors. She was joined by Christi Vetter (tournament MVP), Alexis Joyce and Dani Sadek of Lakeville North, Courtney Kukowski of Eastview and Erica Power of Apple Valley.

Dantzscher saved 30 shots in Tuesday's first-round game as the Irish advanced with a 2-0 shutout of Sartell/Sauk Rapids.

Kendra Goodrich opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 1:52 of the first period. The score stayed 1-0 until an empty-netter from Kristen Reuter, who was also back after missing several games due to injury.

Shania Anderson's power-play goal 5:32 into the third period turned out to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Apple Valley in Wednesday's semifinals.

The Irish (5-9-2) grabbed an early lead on a power-play goal by Reuter (assist to Anderson) at 14:47 of the first period. Apple Valley tied the score 1-1 with a second-period score, but Dantzscher turned back all 17 Eagle shots in the third to prevent another rally.

Dantzscher finished with 36 saves.

The 5-on-5 play was even in Thursday's championship game, but Lakeville North netted a power-play goal and a short-handed goal in the first period of a 2-0 victory.

The Panthers finished with a 25-17 advantage in shots on goal.

The Irish get another chance against the Panthers Tuesday when they travel to Lakeville North for a South Suburban Conference game.