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Boys hockey: Irish battle back for 5th at Duluth

Rosemount got healthier and picked up a couple of much-needed victories last week at the Heritage Classic in Duluth.

After getting bounced to the consolation bracket with a 7-1 loss to eventual tournament champion Andover, the Irish picked up their first back-to-back wins of the year over St. Louis Park and Fort Frances (Ontario) to finish fifth out of eight teams.

"We kind of regrouped," Irish coach Scott Macho said. "The good thing was, over the course of the tournament we started to get players back who had been out for a number of games and started working some other guys back into the lineup. That helped us play better in the last two games."

The Irish (3-7) had scored just three goals in their previous six games before finding the net three times in a 3-1 win over St. Louis Park Wednesday.

Senior Andy Gustafson returned from injury to open the scoring 1:05 into the first period (assists to Ted Schultz and Ryan Anderson). Schultz added a goal of his own eight minutes later and Anderson scored goal No. 3 on a pass from Gustafson to make it 3-1 late in the second.

Tom Fraune got the start in goal and stopped 31 shots.

Rosemount once again came out firing in Thursday's consolation championship and scored three first-period goals in a 5-2 win over Fort Frances.

Nate Sackett notched the first score 2:37 into the first, then Gustafson and Anderson quickly netted power-play goals to make it 3-0 10 minutes into the game. The Irish finished with a 23-2 advantage in shots on goal in the first 17 minutes.

Gustafson added a short-handed goal in the second period and Trevor Kolden found the net 44 seconds into the third (assists to Tyler Frank and Ryan Gould) to make it 5-0.

Fraune once again started in goal and stopped 17 of 19 shots.

It was Andover jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the tournament opener. The Huskies went on to beat Duluth Denfeld and C-E-C to capture the tournament championship.

Anderson scored the lone goal for the Irish. Torin Anderson got the start between the pipes and saved 23 of 29 shots before giving way to Fraune for the final 17 minutes.

The Irish resume South Suburban Conference play tonight when they host Bloomington Jefferson at the Rosemount Community Center.