03/16/2019 - State Tournament Semis & Finals
In the state semifinals against Rochester, the Robins put together one of their most complete efforts of the season. They battled for all three periods on both ends of the floor and came away with a 7-2 upset victory over the #1 seeded Raiders. As was the case when these teams met at the Rochester Tournament in January, it was a tight, close game for two periods, however this time, the Robins were the ones that got hot and pulled away in the third period. Vincent Luu finished the game with 5 goals and 2 assists, while Sam Roles had 2 goals and 2 assists. Edgar Kinanga and Darius Larson were solid all game long defensively, and goalkeeper Marcus Brady was focused and tought to beat, making 18 saves.
The state championship game saw the Robins facing the Brainerd Warriors for the third time this season. Unfortunately, this time the Robins came out a bit flat and fell behind 4-0 in the first period. They showed signs of life in the first part of the second period, as Vincent Luu found the net to make the game 4-1. The rest of the Robins responded well and they mounted a solid offensive effort for the first 5 minutes of the second period before Brainerd got hot and pulled away. The Warriors led 9-1 after two periods, and won the game with a final score of 13-1. Vincent Luu, Izear Joiner and Sam Roles were named to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team.
While the entire team hoped for a better performance against the Warriors, the 2018-2019 hockey season turned out to be a HUGE success for the Robins. With so many unknowns and many new, young players there was much for the Robins to learn this season, Combine this with the fact they graduated their starting goalkeeper from last year, the challenge was that much greater. This group was determined to work hard and get better every day, and that’s exactly what they did! Early on, much of the team was just optimistic to make the state tournament, yet they grew by leaps and bounds and fount themselves playing for a state championship! It was a tremendous season, Robins…you all should be very proud of yourselves!