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Boys hockey: Irish win finale

The Rosemount Irish finished their regular season play with a win over Farmington.

The Rosemount boys hockey team is hoping the success it experienced in last Saturday's regular season finale will carry over into the Section 3AA tournament.

The Irish ended a month-long nine-game losing streak by downing Farmington 5-1 in a non-conference section tune-up at Rosemount Community Center.

The victory improved the team to 5-20 overall after finishing a game out of last place in the South Suburban Conference with a record of 1-15. That record earned the Irish the No. 9 seed in Section 3AA and a first-round game at No. 8 Woodbury Tuesday night at Bielenberg Arena in Woodbury. The Royals are 7-14-4, but just 1-11-2 in their last 14 games.

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"It's going to be a tough game for us, but I think the mood is that the kids are excited to get on the ice and see what they can do," Rosemount coach Scott Macho said. "We took a break from Woodbury last year, but in previous years we've had good run-ins with them. They have a good goaltender and a pretty good forward that's been putting up points, but I think we match up pretty evenly. It's going to come down to hard work."

The Royals entered the section game having scored just four goals in their previous five outings. They went up against Rosemount goaltender Tom Fraune, who allowed just one goal while stopping 25 Farmington shots in the Irish's regular season finale three days earlier.

"That game was definitely a confidence booster for him," Macho said. "They had some good, quality shots and he came up with some big saves for us. He kept us around until we could start adding some points on our side of things."

The Irish were outshot 13-8 during what Macho called a "flat" first period, but the score stayed 0-0. Austin Anderson got the home team on the board with a goal 30 seconds into the second (assist to Trevor Kolden) and Ted Schultz knocked in a short-handed goal four minutes later (assist to Luke Meade) to make it 2-0.

After a Farmington goal cut the lead in half, Tyler Frank scored with assists to Meade and Andy Gustafson to make it 3-1 heading into the third.

Schultz completed his first hat trick of the season with a pair of third-period scores. Ryan Anderson and Josh Winter assisted on the first goal at 10:13 and Justin Crowell set up Schultz's third goal at 15:17.

Ryan Anderson finished the season as Rosemount's leader in points with 25 (11 goals, 14 assists). Schultz was right behind with 20 points (11 goals and nine assists), followed by Gustafson (12)?and Kolden (11).