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Girls hockey: Burnsville burns Irish in opener

Burnsville scored three goals in a span of just over two minutes and skated to a 6-1 victory over visiting Rosemount in the first game of the Tom Conboy coaching era Saturday at Burnsville Ice Arena.

The Irish managed just 12 shots on goal and came up empty on all seven of their power play opportunities. Captain Kristen Reuter broke up the shutout with an unassisted goal at 14:04 of the third period.

“It was very slow start for us and against a very fast, skilled team. It’s tough to come back from four goals against in the first period,” Conboy said. “As the game progressed we improved. Our younger players were able to settle down and adjust to the speed and physicality of high school hockey. From our youngest to our oldest players we lacked effort which makes it really tough to execute. We need to have a sense of urgency when we take the ice.”

Burnsville put 39 shots on Rosemount goaltender Lauren Topor in the first two periods and finished with 48 shots on goal. The Blaze were just 1 of 6 on the power play, but scored a pair of shorthanded goals.

Topor finished with 42 saves.

The Irish continued their challenging early-season schedule with a road trip to Eden Prairie. They play at Wayzata Saturday afternoon before making their home debut next Thursday for a South Suburban Conference game against Lakeville North at Rosemount Community Center.