Boys hockey: Power play pays off in win over Rosemount
The Irish had allowed three power-play goals in their previous loss, a 5-3 home contest to Shakopee last Thursday, and Stepan knew his team couldn’t afford to play a man down that often against the Tigers.
Rosemount ended up committing eight penalties in its inaugural South Suburban Conference trip to Schmitz-Maki Arena and, sure enough, the Tigers netted three power-play goals to come from behind for a 6-2 victory.
“We were undisciplined. You can’t take penalties against a team with a power play like that. They’ve got so many skilled players, you put them on the rink and they’re going to get looks and they got a whole bunch,” Stepan said.
The Tigers started the scoring with an unassisted power-play goal by Darby Grengs late in the first period. The Irish answered just over two minutes later with a goal by Jake Simonet (assist to Brendan Olson) to tie the score at 1-1 after a period.
Rosemount took its only lead of the game with a power-play goal of its own to start the second. Austin Dollimer found the net at the 7:33 mark, with assists coming from Luke Gillett and Ryan Foley.
From there the Tigers took over, scoring the final five goals of the game. Grady Hauswirth tied the score at the 13:15 mark of the second with a power-play goal, and Tyler Jette followed with two goals in a span of 80 seconds to give the home team a 4-2 edge heading to the third. Austin Martinsen, Matt Olund, Benton Olson and Hauswirth all chipped in with assists.
John Siebenaler knocked in a pair of goals of his own in the third to stretch the lead to four. Hauswirth and Wyatt Jensen provided assists.
“Our guys continue to show a lot of character.… We were able to stay patient and stick to our game plan,” Farmington coach Greg May said. “The players were rewarded for their hard work, which was nice to see.”
The Tigers ended up outshooting the Irish 40-18 and going 3 for 5 on the power play.
“We have a lot of skilled players on both units, and they are starting to find some success, which is great for their confidence,” May said. “Special teams is such a big part of the game nowadays, and it is an area we take pride in and prepare for regularly.”
Gage Overby picked up the win in net, stopping 16 of 18 Rosemount shots. Nick Hart made 34 saves for the Irish.
Hauswirth tallied his first hat trick of the season, scoring a power-play goal in the first, and a short-handed goal and an even-strength goal in the second. Jensen added two goals and Grengs and Jake Trippel each tallied single goals.
“We have been trying to find our identity as a team, and working on some very specific things in practice that will give us the opportunity to have the most success in games. Our guys did a lot of little things right during the Apple Valley game,” May said. “We were able to get a lot of players into the game, which will hopefully pay off in the long run, as well.”
Overby stopped all 15 Apple Valley shots to earn the shutout.
Rosemount (1-5) built an early 3-0 lead in its conference home game last Thursday against Shakopee, but like the Tigers, the Sabers closed out the game with five straight goals to grab a 5-3 victory at Rosemount Community Center.
The Irish scored all three of their goals during a first period where they built a 12-2 shot advantage. They ended up out-shooting the Sabers 45-16.
“We got some good looks, but they defended well, were blocking shots and their goaltender was playing really well,” Stepan said. “In the third alone they had 11 or 12 blocked shots, so we put about 35 pucks on them in the third. They were working hard blocking the puck and chipping it out. We still have to find some ways to get the puck behind them.”
Simonet, Dollimer and Peyton Norder each scored goals for the Irish. Assists went to Gillett (2), Charlie Weiand, Blake Longhenry and Zach Levandowski.
The Irish are back on the ice at home tonight against unbeaten Lakeville North. The Tigers travel to Hasse Arena tonight to square off against Lakeville South.