Dakota battled hard Friday, but fell short. Best fans of the night were from school district 196. Let's go Hawks!
Brett Kosidowski coaches the Dakota Hawks - he serves as the President of the Adapted Sports Coaches Association
A year ago I attended the State Adapted Floor Hockey state tournament in Bloomington to see Brock Faber's sister Paige play. I was told she was the "Brock Faber" of Adapted Floor Hockey.
Two truths came out of the games I saw. Paige was as good as her brother who was chosen to play for the National Development Team and more important the excitement in the gym was equal to or better than ice hockey.
We reached out the high school league and received credential to cover the event this year. Besides social media, we will do a daily recap of each division.
Physical Impairment (PI) pits players with a physical impairment. These teams have two goaltenders in wheelchairs...the game has a few more stoppages than Cognitive Impairment and more restrictive rules-wise.
Cognitive Impairment (CI) is fast paced and and very intense. Far fewer stoppages and very, very competitive. Here is what we saw with our camera and results.
New Prague will have their hands full Saturday when they take on St. Cloud Saturday
Recaps per MSHSL website
St. Cloud Area > Maple Grove (12-0)
Brian Jones of St. Cloud Area got the Slapshots off to a fast start in the first quarterfinal of the evening, scoring two goals in the first two minutes. Jones finished the game with five goals and one assist. Zachery Ritzer added two goals for the Slapshots and Adam Marshall had one goal and one assist.
New Prague/TCU/LSH/Belle Plaine/Jordan > Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs (18-2)
Dylan Raaen scored five goals and had four assists for New Prague/TCU/LSH/Belle Plaine/Jordan as they defeated Anoka-Hennepin 18-2. Garrett Gagner added four goals and two assists for New Prague/TCU/LSH/Belle Plaine/Jordan. Hannah Johnson scored the only two goals for Anoka-Hennepin and Jersey Keeler Weide had assists on both of the Mustangs’ goals.
Natalya Rawley, Burnsville/FARM/Lakeville
Burnsville/Farm/Lakeville > White Bear Lake (12-5)
Natalya Rawley scored four goals for Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville in the first period and the Blazing Cats went on to defeat White Bear Lake Area 12-5. Rawley finished the game with 11 goals. Caleb Garvin added two assists for Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville. Cody Wagner and Tavis Dean scored two goals apiece for White Bear Lake Area.
South Washington Thunderbolts > Dakota United (11-9)
In a back-and-forth game, South Washington finally emerged with an 11-9 victory over Dakota United. Tyler Tinucci scored four goals for the Thunderbolts and added four assists. Jack Swedahl netted three goals and one assist for South Washington. Michael Goldberger led Dakota United with four goals and one assist. Sage Szondy added three goals for the Hawks.
South Washington's Tyler Tinucci had 4 goals and was all smiles in the Bolts win Friday
Rochester is moving on to the semis!
Recaps per MSHSL website
Brainerd > MPLS South (17-2)
The Brainerd Warriors scored eight goals in the first period and never looked back as they defeated Minneapolis Adapted 17-2. Tre’Von Otey paced the Warriors with six goals. Kadyn Robinson added four goals and one assist for Brainerd. Tate Boelter made 22 saves for the Warriors and Zander Dipaola made 24 for Minneapolis Adapted. Juan Tirado and Charlie Barnes netted the only goals for the Tigers.
Dakota United > Maple Grove (6-0)
Sam Gerten and Nate Jaworski paced the Dakota United Hawks to a 6-0 quarterfinal victory over the Maple Grove Crimson. Gerten had two goals and Jaworski added one goal and two assists. Owen Oakes made 6 saves for Dakota United and Joshua Klick made six saves for Maple Grove.
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/MoundWest > St. Paul Humboldt Hawks (10-5)
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka outscored St. Paul Humboldt 5-1 in the first period and went on to win 10-5. Sam Roles scored five goals and added two assists to lead the Robins. Vincent Luu also tallied five goals for Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka and he added two assists. Isai Mazariego Fernandez led the Hawks with two goals and one assist.
Rochester Raiders > Anoka-Hennepin (7-1)
Garrison Israelson scored four goals as Rochester defeated Anoka-Hennepin 7-1. Israelson also had an assist in the victory. Blake Hillman added three goals and one assist for the Raiders. Cole Andrzcyzak tallied the only goal for Anoka-Hennepin.
The Robins have their eye on the prize