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Girls hockey: Rosemount still winless at season's halfway point

The Rosemount girls hockey team played two of its closest games yet, but still couldn’t get into the win column last week.

The team didn’t score a goal in its first two games of the week, falling at home to Shakopee 2-0 on Tuesday and 6-0 at Eagan on Thursday. The Irish’s three-game goalless streak came to an end Saturday against Prior Lake, but the Lakers were still able to secure a 5-3 South Suburban Conference win at Rosemount Community Center. The loss left the Irish 0-12 at the season’s halfway point.

“Saturday’s loss to Prior Lake probably hurts the most this season. We were the better team on Saturday. We did have more talent from top to bottom, we did outmatch our opponent. As always, none of that matters when we don’t perform or play to our full potential,” Rosemount coach Tom Conboy said. “If we match or exceed the performances from last week, we would have absolutely crushed Prior Lake.”

The performance against Shakopee was one Conboy was more pleased with. The two goals allowed was the team’s season-low by four, but the Irish still couldn’t produce enough offense to stay with the 1-7-2 Sabers.

“Shakopee was a very fun, exciting, entertaining hockey game.… We executed the fundamentals and schematics giving us a chance to win. The fundamentals looked the best we have seen in any game or practice. Crisp, clean, accurate passing was also a key variable to how we performed,” Conboy said. “Across the board I felt we improved as individuals and as a team which is exciting because there is still room for all of us to get better.”

The Irish compete again Saturday against Lakeville North at Ames Arena.

“We are still very confident in this team, and we are still very excited for the second half of this season,” Conboy said. “We believe in our team, and we believe they will continue to show up with a great attitude.”