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Boys hockey: Rally comes up short against North

Rosemount came up just short in its bid for a four-goal comeback Saturday night against Lakeville North.

The Irish overcame a 4-0 first-period deficit to force overtime before falling 5-4 on a goal by North's Matthew Arnold 4:45 into overtime at Rosemount Community Center.

"We lost the game in overtime, but we really lost it in the first 10 minutes. We didn't come out ready to play," Rosemount coach Brad Stepan said. "We called a timeout and after that everybody got settled down. I?couldn't be more proud of the boys for not quitting. That's one thing we've worked on all year."

The two teams played scoreless hockey over the final eight minutes of regulation after Evan Weiand's goal tied the game. Ryan Foley provided the assist.

The Irish (4-9) mounted most of their comeback during a second period where they outscored the Panthers 3-0 despite being outshot, 13-9. Nate Sackett scored the first goal at 3:49 (assist to Andrew Glad and Zach Bichler).

Lukas Gillett got the second goal at the 7:02 mark (assist to Justin Crowell and Anthony Winters) and just over a minute later Tom Linder found the net to make it 4-3. Gillett and Luke Meade assisted.

"We were much better on our own end defensively in the second and the kids played so much more physical,"?Stepan said. "At times we wore them down. That's what got us back in the game."

Rosemount goaltender Tom Fraune played all 55-plus minutes and stopped 42 shots. He held the Panthers scoreless on three power plays.

The Irish opened the week with a 6-1 loss on the road to 11th-ranked (Class 2A) Bloomington Jefferson at Bloomington Ice Garden.

The Jaguars scored three goals in the first period and three more in the third. They outshot the Irish, 58-14.

Linder scored Rosemount's lone goal at the 13:58 mark of the first period. Bichler and Austin Anderson provided assists.

Fraune finished with 52 saves.

"Fraune was exceptional over the last two games and kept us in both games,"?Stepan said. "Jefferson was just bigger, faster and stronger."

The Irish have a pair of South Suburban Conference road games in Apple Valley this week. They took on Eastview Tuesday and travel to Apple Valley on Saturday.