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Girls hockey: Eagles take off in third

Tom Conboy continues to find some positives despite a lack of positive results in his first season as head coach of the Rosemount girls hockey team.

The Irish dropped to 1-18 overall and remained winless in the South Suburban Conference after dropping an 11-4 contest to Apple Valley at Rosemount Community Center. Among the positives: The team stayed within three goals until the third period and matched it season-high for goals in a game.

“We are extremely proud of the way they came out competed. We had a different energy and the atmosphere in the building was great. They we were playing at a speed we just have not seen yet and it was exciting,” Conboy said. “Most of the game we were firing on all cylinders, meaning we were disciplined in our defensive zone, we made smart plays with the puck, and we created a ton of scoring chances.”

That changed in the third period when the Eagles out-shot the Irish, 15-3, and scored five unanswered goals in a span of just over six minutes.

“The girls played hard and competed at a high level but our inability to put the puck in the net cost us,” Conboy said. “The reason the score got out of hand was for about five minutes we just didn’t execute.”

The Irish held the lead twice in the first period. Kristen Reuter opened the scoring with an unassisted tally 14 seconds in and, after an Apple Valley power play goal, Reuter scored again to make it 2-1.

Apple Valley responded with two goals late in the first period, and two more to open the second, pushing its lead to 5-2. Alex Malecha broke up the run with a power-play goal at 5:46 of the second period. Anndrea Hughes provided an assist.

Eighth-grade goaltender Rachel Carlson made her fifth start of the season for the Irish and stopped 34 Apple Valley shots. Carlson also got the call last Thursday against Eastview and stopped 25 shots in a 7-1 loss.

Ashlee Humble scored the Irish’s lone goal on the power play in the second period.

The Irish are back at home tonight when they host Bloomington Jefferson.