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Girls hockey: Eden Prairie, Wayzata blow out Rosemount

Positives were hard to come by for first-year head coach Tom Conboy when looking at his team’s performances last week.

The Irish remained winless on the young season and suffered the two most lopsided defeats in the program’s recent history, dropping road games to Eden Prairie and Wayzata by a combined score of 27-0.

The ugliest stretch of play came in the final period of Saturday’s game at Plymouth Ice Center when Wayzata scored eight straight goals in 19 shots to wrap up a 15-0 rout. The Trojans finished with a 65-4 advantage in shots on goal.

“I will speak for all the players, parents, coaches, community members, friends, family and spectators when I say that we gave up in the third period. Disappointing would be the word to best describe what happened,” Conboy said. “It’s frustrating when you work so hard to take so many little steps forward to have several giant steps backward.”

The Irish played better in the opening two periods and were outscored 7-0, with four of the goals coming on five Wayzata power plays.

“I think everyone would agree that Wayzata will be the best team we face this season,” Conboy said. “We did not make it easy on them when we were 5 on 5 for two periods.… Penalty kill has been our team’s biggest asset so far this season and we broke down.”

Sophia Shaver led Wayzata with six goals. Six other Trojan players found the net at least once. Rosemount goaltender Lauren Topor fought through the barrage and finished with 50 saves.

Ashlee Humble paced the Irish with three shots on goal.

The team had seven shots on goal last Tuesday at Eden Prairie Community Center, but couldn’t find the net in a 12-0 loss to Eden Prairie.

“Eden Prairie was tough. A poor, undisciplined performance against a top-ranked team results in a big blowout,” Conboy said. “We beat ourselves with a lack of effort and execution.”

The Eagles put 54 shots on Topor and scored five goals in the first, four in the second and three in the third. Angie Heppelmann paced the home team with four goals and eight other players supplied one apiece.

Toper finished with 42 saves.

The Irish (0-3) make their home debut tonight when they host Lakeville North (1-1-1) for a South Suburban Conference game.