With the 2020-21 season still months out, it’s time to take a look at teams from all over the State of Hockey and examine what happened this past season and what’s ahead. The next team we’re breaking down is Rosemount.
How last season went
It seems like the Irish have been flirting with the idea of pushing their way into the state tournament conversation in Class 2A for a number of years now. After nine games, it appeared this version of Rosemount hockey was good enough to make that reality as the Irish rattled off eight wins in their first nine games.
Rosemount kept the momentum and found itself in and around the top 10 of the Class 2A coaches’ poll and near the top of the South Suburban Conference standings. Along the way, the Irish earned wins against Prior Lake, Maple Grove and St. Thomas Academy. They would eventually finish with a 19-6 regular season record and a second place finish in the South Suburban.
That strong regular season meant Rosemount earned the top seed in Section 3A. The Irish rolled past Apple Valley in the quarterfinals with a 5-1 triumph. Then, the Rosemount effort was put to a complete halt as the Cinderella Cadets ended the Irish’s season in the section semifinals.
Who’s back and who’s gone
Plenty of seniors helped Rosemount get to where it got that past season.and combined for 29 goals and 38 assists as seniors on this team. Will Tollefson also made his presence known in net with a 1.76 goals against average and .926 save percentage.
Looking at the roster, however,’s name stands out among the rest. He’s set to return after a 51-point season (28 goals, 23 assists). Broten Sabo appears to be joining Levandowski. He poured in 30 points (8G, 22A) last season.
What to expect next season
Rosemount has sort of teased the idea of dipping into the upper echelon of Class 2A for a few years now. But if the Irish don’t soon make that reality and make some real noise, they might not get taken seriously. Next season seems like a perfect opportunity for Rosemount to make a big run.