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Girls hockey: Offense emerges against Prior Lake

The Rosemount girls hockey team broke out of an offensive slump last Thursday against Prior Lake.

After scoring three goals over the course of a three-game losing streak, the Irish found the net three times in the third period alone as they salted away a 5-2 South Suburban Conference victory over the Lakers at Rosemount Community Center.

"We made a few changes at the beginning of the week and the girls have responded well and played with much more energy and passion," Rosemount coach Josh Hoekstra said.

The Lakers took an early lead with a goal 3:49 into the first, but Kristen Reuter answered with a power-play goal of her own (assists to Kendra Goodrich and Taylor Sampson) to tie the score just over three minutes later.

Sampson later scored on an assist from Goodrich to give the home team a 2-1 advantage heading into the third.

The Irish pulled away thanks to three goals over the final 17 minutes. Reuter netted a short-handed goal to bump the lead to 3-1, and then Shaniah Anderson and Sampson capped the scoring with a pair of power-play goals (assists to Sampson and Lauren Riley).

Goaltender Caitlyn Dantzscher stopped 13 Prior Lake shots in the victory.

Dantzscher had less margin for error in Saturday's conference home game against Apple Valley. She held the Eagles to a single goal as the Irish held on for a 2-1 win.

"Time and time again she made big saves for us," Hoekstra said. "She gives our team a tremendous amount of confidence.... We played solid defense and had solid goaltending down the stretch."

Goodrich gave Rosemount the lead with an early goal, then Reuter broke a 1-1 tie with a goal of her own late in the third.

The Irish (7-11-2, 4-6-2) are back in action Saturday when they travel to Burnsville for a SSC contest.