Over the weekend, the Robins were hard at work at the 2017 adapted floor hockey state tournament. In the quarterfinals on Friday evening, the Robins battled back after trailing 3-0 and 4-1 to defeat the #2 ranked Dakota United Hawks, 5-4 in double overtime. On Saturday morning, against the #1 and undefeated Brainerd Warriors, the Robins struggled to do what they tend to do well and were out of sync for most of the game, falling to the eventual State Champions, 11-0. In the third place game, the Robins came to life and played their game for all three periods. They traded goals with the Rochester Raiders for the first 35 minutes before pulling away late in the final period to claim the third place trophy with a nice 7-4 win. Andy Hanson and Vincent Luu handled all of the goal scoring for the Robins, with Hanson tallying 5 goals and 4 assists, while Luu added 7 goals. Sam Roles had 3 assists, while Izear Joiner added 2 of his own. Goaltender Hayley Engebretsen played all 148 minutes of the tournament, making 94 stops, including many that turned out to be game altering against both Dakota and Rochester. Engebretsen and Hanson were named to the 2017 Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team.
The Robins PI floor hockey team finished off the regular season this afternoon with a very impressive 10-3 win over the Maple Grove Crimson. The win gives the Robins a 4-4 conference record and 4-6-1 overall. Andy Hanson was a scoring machine today, finding the back of the net 7 times to go along with 1 assist. Cory Tesch found the net 2 times while he assisted on 3 others. Izear Joiner had 1 goal and 1 assist. Vincent Luu had 2 assists, and Sam Roles and Elizabeth Neuville had 1 assist each. Jordan O’Donnell blocked 8 shots and Hayley Engebretsen made 24 saves. The Robins have secured a State Tournament berth, and will be the #3 seed from the North Conference.
The Robins got themselves back on track this afternoon with a very nice 10-4 win over the Mounds View Rams. During the first period, the Robins struggled a bit with puck movement and communication on the floor, but still managed to score twice. The second period saw them come to life and start playing the type of hockey we know they can play. It was a period filled with good puck movement and exceptional teamwork, and four more goals on the scoreboard. Mounds View battled back in the third period, capitalizing on a few Robins’ errors, but never managed to get any closer than four goals. Hayley Engebretsen put up another great game, making 37 saves. Jordan O’Donnell blocked 11 shots on defense while Kajon Terrell blocked 5 more. Offensively, Andy Hanson finished the game with 4 goals and 2 assists, Vincent Luu had 2 goals and 3 assists, Cory Tesch had 2 goals and 1 assist. Izear Joiner and Same Roles also played very well, recording 1 goal and 1 assist each.
The Robins floor hockey squad ventured north this afternoon for a match-up with the Brainerd Warriors, and were sent home with an 8-2 loss. The Robins managed to keep this game scoreless for the first seven minutes, and at least appeared to be able to keep pace with the Warriors. An errant pass from a yellow jersey allowed the Warriors to take an easy 1-0 lead, and the goals just kept coming from there. Overall, it just turned out to be a bit of a lackluster effort from the Robins. However, they showed some fight in the third period, suddenly coming to life for 12 shots on goal and finally scoring twice. Andy Hanson was the one that found the back of the net for the Robins today, with assists being credited to Vincent Luu, Izear Joiner, Elaine Charlton and Sam Roles. Hayley Engebretsen made 31 saves, while Elaine Chalrton blocked 8 shots and Elizabeth Neuville and Kajon Terrell blocked 4 shots each. The Robins return home on Wednesday for a game with the Mounds View Rams.
The Robins got back on track this afternoon with a big 10-4 win over the Maple Grove Crimson. Good floor spacing and great puck movement got the offense rolling early and continued to provide plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the game. Vincent Luu and Cory Tesch handled the majority of the scoring, with each netting 4 goals. Tesch also added 1 assist. Andy Hanson had 1 goal and 2 assists, Elaine Charlton had 1 goal, Izear Joiner had 3 assists, and Sam Roles also contributed with 1 assist. Hayley Engebretsen continued her solid play, making 29 saves. On defense, Elizabeth Neuville blocked 3 shots, and Kajon Terrell blocked 7. The Robins are on the road next Monday at Brainerd.
The Robins PI floor hockey team hit a bit of a bump in the road this afternoon when they faced the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs, and lost 7-1. This game was close for the first two periods, with the Robins trailing 2-1 after one period and 3-1 after two, however during the third period, they just ran out of gas as the Mustangs pulled away. The defensive effort put forth during the first two periods is very encouraging for this team as we reach the mid-season mark, and gives reason to believe they will continue to improve as we now head through the second half of the season and approach the state tournament. Vincent Luu scored the lone goal for the Robins. Hayley Engebretsen played well once again, stopping 48 shots. Ethan Sullivan continued his solid play, blocking 16 shots, while Kajon Terrell blocked 4 shots.