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Girls hockey: Early leads disappear in first two losses

Two Rosemount players fight for the puck during the first period of Saturday's 3-1 loss to Andover.

Rosemount struck first but ended up on the losing side of its first two games of the season last week.

The Irish got on the board on Kristen Reuter's unassisted goal just 42 seconds into last Thursday's season opener at Shakopee, but the Sabers tallied three unanswered goals before having to hold on for a 5-4 victory on their home ice. Saturday's home debut at Rosemount Ice Arena played out in similar fashion, with the Irish striking first on an Ashlee Humble goal 3:16 into the first period only to be shut out over the next 47 minutes in a 3-1 setback to Andover.

Andover tied the score with a power-play goal late in the first, and then took the lead just over 10 minutes into the second. The Irish tallied 12 of their 20 shots in the third period as they tried to mount a rally, but all 12 were stopped by Andover goaltender Maddie Rooney.

Rosemount goalie Lauren Topor faced 39 Andover shots and stopped 36.

Shakopee sent 20 shots at Topor in the second period of last Thursday's game and the two that found the net turned out to be the difference-makers for the Sabers.

A back-and-forth first period ended with the scored tied at 2-2. Amy Menke scored a pair of goals in under a minute to give Shakopee the lead, but Reuter responded with her second goal to even the score back up.

Shakopee regained the lead with a power-play goal early in the third, and then Menke completed her hat trick to make it 4-2 entering the third. It was 5-2 by the time Kendra Goodrich knocked in a power-play goal (assists from Reuter and Amanda Comstock) to end the run. Reuter then scored a power-play goal of her own at 14:54 to complete a hat trick, but time ran out on the Rosemount rally.

The Irish (0-2) hosted Wayzata Tuesday and continue their non-conference schedule tonight with a trip to Cottage Grove Ice Arena to take on Park. The team's next home game is Nov. 29 against Eastview.