On February 2-4, Minnesota Hockey partnered with the St. Paul Capitals Hockey Association to host the Ice Bowl Squirt C Tournament. The event was the first ever youth hockey tournament at the new TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul, which is now the practice facility for the Minnesota Wild. Rosemount Gold rode a scoring spree all the way to the inaugural Ice Bowl title, posting a three-game total of 22 goals. Winning the championship was the icing on the cake of an extremely memorable weekend for the Irish.
The 10U B Green team acquired more hardware for the RAHA trophy case by finishing second in the Star of the North tournament in Grand Rapids over the weekend of February 16-18. The Irish completed pool play with an unblemished record, winning two games on Friday (4-2 over Moorhead and a 4-0 shutout of Grand Rapids/Greenway) and one on Saturday (4-1 over St. Michael/Albertville Riverhawks White). Their 3-0 record secured a spot in Sunday’s championship game against a tough Grand Forks Angels team. Unfortunately, the Irish run ended, as they were blitzed 10-0 in the finale. Overall, much fun was had by the players and parents alike, as everyone bonded over hockey, swimming, pizza, and a lot of fun!
The Irish opened the tournament against Hopkins-Park. Rosemount came out the gate strong, and tallied the first goal of the game in the opening period. Hopkins-Park would not give up though as they answered with the tying goal in the second period. The teams began the third period knotted up at one goal apiece. It was ultimately the Irish girls’ relentless fore-check and strong defensive effort that would prove to be the difference in the third as they pulled away scoring three more times to seal a 4-1 victory.
Next up, Rosemount faced off against one of the host teams Inver Grove Heights – White. The Spartans arrived ready to play, scoring the first goal of the game midway through the first. The Irish answered minutes later on the power play to tie the game. Rosemount went on to score again in the second to take a 2-1 lead. The Irish were cruising until late in the third when a determined Inver Grove team was able to score a power play goal of their own to tie the game at 2-2 and send it into overtime. The Irish came out firing on all cylinders, taking over with their speed and getting the victory.
The Championship game was against a tough Woodbury – White team. The score was 0-0 at the end of the first period. The Irish took the lead 1-0 in the second, using their tough defense and resilient goaltending to shut down Woodbury for another period. Woodbury was able to tie it up in the third, but the determined Irish quickly returned the favor taking a 2-1 lead to win the championship.
Rosemount Junior Gold B took home the championship trophy from the Hudson Tournament this weekend.
The first game against Rogers ended 5-4 in a shootout. With goals from Bryce Groves, Will Klinkner, Parker Olson, and Jordan Loranger in regulation and Noah Fandrick scoring the only goal in the shootout. The second game against Blaine ended 3-1. Bryce Groves scored to start the game again, with the other goals from Nick Nelson and Evan Lilga. The championship game against Sioux Falls was another nail biter ending 5-4 in overtime. Jordan Loranger started the game scoring two goals, followed by Nick Nelson and Will Klinkner in regulation. Parker Olson scored late in overtime to bring home to championship trophy.
The Sq A’s take home a 1st place trophy in the WSP Salute to Hockey Tournament, with an undefeated record in tourney play. First up, Lakeville North with a 5-0 win for the Irish. Goalies Finn and Denny get the shutout. Scoring for the Irish were: Toll (3), Nitti and Kegley. The Irish faced Tartan in second game with a 9-3 victory. Scoring for the Irish were: Sherman (3), Toll, VeDepo, Sickman, Garrity, Ganser and Barrett. Third game gave the Irish a 6-1 win over Sibley, putting them in the championship game for Sunday. Scoring for the Irish were: Garrity (2), Barrett, Ganser, VeDepo and T. McCracken. In the chip, the Irish secured the championship over Farmington, with a 6-4 win. Scoring goals in the chip were: Kegley (2), Toll (2), Sherman and Garrity. Way to go, Irish! Your first championship trophy of the season!
It is hard enough to win an 8 game or 12 game tourney, but it is extremely difficult to enter a tournament with 15 other teams and come out on top. Well that is exactly what the Irish Squirt B Green did Dec 8-10th in Hibbing Mn. A Friday night opening win over Edina White 4-2 would start things off right and it would only get better on Saturday morning with a17-0 thrashing of over-matched Eveleth-Gilbert. The Irish would top it off Saturday afternoon by defeating host Hibbing 12-5 earning the #1 seed in Pool A and a birth in the Final 4. A 4-2 win over a tough Virginia would put the Irish up against Mesabi East where the boys would coast to a 7-2 Championship Victory. Congrats on a GREAT tournament.
The weekend of Dec 16th and 17th the Irish Squirt B Blue headed south down Highway 52 for a busy weekend of hockey at the Rochester Tournament. A great Saturday would earn 2 W's in victories over Rochester Red (7-1) and White Bear Lake (9-1). Sunday morning would start out HOT with a win against Rochester Black (3-1) to make it to the Championship game for the second weekend in a row. Pine City would be our opponent and another nail biter would be all tied up at 1 entering the 3rd.. The third period was back and fourth until the Dragons would take the 2-1 lead and an empty netter with 3 minutes left would seal the deal. The Irish once again held their heads high and maintained their composure with Irish pride despite the frustration and of another 2nd Place Finish. The Boys will try and get that monkey off their back Jan 5-7 in the Highland Tourney.
The weekend of Dec 8-10 that Irish Squirt B Blue participated in the “Salute to Hockey” Tournament in West St. Paul. They won their first 3 games (5-2 vs Prior Lake, 7-3 vs. Farmington and 7-4 vs. Lakeville North). This awesome 3 game run earned the boys the #1 overall seed and a trip To the Chip. The bad news however was this would mark the 3rd game in 7 days we would face Farmington and it is always difficult to beat a team 3 times. It was a hard fought game, but the Tigers would come out on top in a 3-2 thriller. Kudos to the boys on a great tournament and showing great sportsmanship in defeat.
The Squirt C Blue won the consolation championship at the Coon Rapids Invitational this past weekend. The tournament summary is as follows:
Squirt C Gold took 3rd place in the New Hope Classic after playing 5 games in 40 hours.
The Boys started the tourney off with their best game of the season in a 12 to1 win over Buffalo. The Irish followed that up with a 12 to 0 win against Blaine. A late Saturday night loss to prior lake 2 to 4 and early Sunday morning loss to Chaska/Chan 4 to 7 setup a Sunday afternoon 3rd place game against White Bear Lake where Rosemount would earn the hardware in an 8-1 victory.
Congrats to the 10U Green ladies for picking up their 2nd trophy of the season with a Consolation Win at Anoka. After a opening round 6-1 loss to Anoka-Rogers, the Irish got a 4-3 win over Roseville and a 3-1 win over Hopkins to claim the hardware. 10UB Green will try to make it 3 straight trophies when they play in the St Paul Hearbreaker in January.
Irish 7 Woodbury 2
Chaska-Chan 7 Irish 0
Irish 8 Delano 2
Irish 6 Apple Valley-Burnsville 3 in 3rd Place Game
The Sq A’s take home a 2nd place trophy in the Scott Benedict Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament. They start the tourney against a tough Apple Valley/Burnsville Firehawks Team. The end of regulation play ended in a 3-3 tie, moving both teams to a shootout. The Irish come up short in the shootout, but will take the official tie against the Firehawks. The second game against Rochester brought a 6-2 win for the Irish, in their 2nd match up of the season. Scoring for the Irish were: Toll (2), T. McCracken, Barrett, Sherman and Garrity. In the semi-finals, the Irish take on Mahtomedi, with another 6-2 win and sending them to the Championship game. Securing the win for the Irish were: Garrity, Toll, Sherman, Barrett, Kegley and Heusinkveld. Great job in net by Denny and Finn! On hardware Sunday, the Irish would face Minnetonka for the chip. Irish would come up short against the Skippers team, taking home a 2nd place trophy. Great job, boys!
Congrats to our Squirt C Gold who won the Minneapolis Cup over Thanksgiving Weekend. Big wins over host Minneapolis 11-0 and Edina 8-2 setup a Sunday Title tilt against Burnsville. An exciting game was knotted up at 6 apiece at the end of regulation and the boys would thrill the Irish Faithful with an OT winner and another Minneapolis Cup into the Trophy Case.
The 10UB Green team capped their Thanksgiving weekend by winning the Irish Ice Classic with a record of 3-1 in pool play and a 5-0 victory over Forest Lake in the championship game. It was a true overall team effort with two different goalies posting shutouts and many different girls stepping up to score key goals and make great defensive plays! Over the course of 5 games the team only allowed 7 goals while scoring 23 goals and made their coaches very proud with their collective defensive effort.
In addition to capturing the championship trophy on their home ice they also relied on the collective effort of their fans to capture the prestigious Hot Dog Eating Contest trophy which became an instant team favorite!
The Irish started out with a strong offensive showing and a shutout victory against Buffalo. Following that the Irish suffered a tough loss against Osseo Maple Grove putting them in the 3rd place game on Sunday. The team showed up ready to go the next morning, scoring 7 goals! The defense also showed their skills only allowing Moundsview/Irondale’s powerful offense to score 1 goal! Great job girls!
The Irish 12UB ladies started their tournament season out with a 3rd place finish at the Hopkins Turkey Tourney. An exciting quarter-final game against Moundsview-Irondale would go the Irish way with a 2-1 victory. The girls would fall short in the semi's to cross-town foe Lakeville 3-1, but bounce back in the 3rd place game shutting out Buffalo 2-0. Great start in adding an early trophy to your shelf.
The Rosemount Squirt C Green team took home the won the Consolation game at the Breezy Point November 17 – 19. The team played 4 games in the tournament and won three of their four match ups losing only to the eventual tournament champions STMA. Throughout the tournament, the Irish displayed a high level of sportsmanship and built relationships both on and off the ice. It was a great start to the year!
The Irish Peewee AA traveled to Moorhead over Halloween weekend to play in the 24 team Big Pumpkin. The Irish were pre-seeded #4 and opened up with a 9-0 thrashing of Blaine. 7 different skaters lit the lamp for the Irish with Gabe Jonasen pitching the shutoout. Next up was Chaska-Chan and another Irish victory 7-3 with Charlie Stramel leading the way with 2 goals and 2 assists. Onto the semi's and a bout with #1 state ranked Hermantown. Down 4-1 in the 3rd, the boys would fight back with 2 goals to make it 4-3, but a late Hermantown goal with a minute to go would earn the Hawks a 5-3 victory. The Irish would wrap up the 3rd place hardware with a 5-4 win over Andover with William Whitelaw notching the hat trick. Great Job and congrats to all the players and coaches.