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The Robins wrapped up the 2020 regular season with a well-played 7-0 win over the Mounds View Rams. The win gave the Robins a 4 game winning streak heading into the state tournament. The entire team improved in all aspects over the course of this winning streak and gained a ton of confidence in their abilities. Sam Roles led the way with 3 goals tonight, Marcus Strong was right behind him with 2 goals. Mark Cleveland and Jose Leon Estrada scored one goal each. Santana Washington was the leader in the assist department, finishing the game with 2. Ava Hetteen, Jayda Johnson, Micah Bomgardner, Mark Cleveland, Edgard Jayee and Lucas Harper all were credited with one assist each. Darius Larson and Edgar Kinanga split the goalkeeping duties, combining for 1 save . Kinanga was credited with one blocked shot on defense. The Robins now await their seed and opponent for the state tournament on March 13 & 14 and have two weeks to keep improving their game.
For the second game in a row, the Robins came up with a remarkable third period effort to pull off a come from behind victory, this time defeating Anoka-Hennepin 8-7. A competitive first period ended in a 2-2 tie, but the Mustangs came out hot in the second period scoring the first four goals and running out to a 6-2 lead. The Robins answered with two of their own, but Anoka pushed the lead to 7-4 as the second period came to an end. The third period was all about the Robins’ offensive effort, as they put continuous pressure on the Mustangs’ defense. Marcus Strong started the third period scoring with a goal at the 9:32 mark, then assisted on a Sam Roles goal just 13 seconds later. Roles added another goal just over one minute later to tie the game 7-7 with 7:10 remaining. Ava Hetteen netted the game-winner on a pass from Roles at the 6:48 mark, and the Robins’ defense held strong from there. Roles finished with 4 goals and 3 assists, while Marcus Brady and Nick Johnson scored goals to go with those from Hetteen and Strong. Brady had 3 assists, Jayda Johnson had 2 assists while Strong and Hetteen also were credited with 1 assist each. Edgar Kinanga made 11 saves and Darius Larson blocked 9 shots. The Robins close out the regular season on the road with a game at Mounds View on Thursday.
The Robins avenged an early season loss today with a HUGE, hard-fought, come from behind 8-5 victory over the Maple Grove Crimson. The Robins dealt with a slow start as the Crimson ran out to an early 3-1, first period lead. The Robins then started to settle in a bit, play better defense and woke up their offense in the second period. After trailing 5-3, Sam Roles scored to make it 5-4 early in the third, then the Robins role players started to take over. Solid shifts from Nick Johnson, Jose Leon Estrada, Owen Karjala, Santana Washington, Lucas Harper and Micah Bomgardner in the third period brought the Robins offense to life, with Harper scoring the game-tying goal and Bomgardner scoring what turned out to be the game-winner! Roles and Marcus Brady added two more goals in the final 4 minutes to secure the win. Brady finished with a game-high 4 goals, Roles had 2 goals and 2 assists. Ava Hetteen had a great game, finishing with 3 assists and Santana Washington had 2 assists while Jayda Johnson, Calvin Bauman, Nick Johnson and Bomgardner all were credited with 1 assist each. Goalkeeper Edgar Kinanga played well, making 11 saves. Darius Larson had one of his best games of the year, blocking 20 shots. The Robins look to keep the hot streak going next week with games at Anoka and at Mounds View.
In their final home game of the 2020 floor hockey season, the Robins came up with a HUGE total team effort to earn their first win of the season, defeating the Mounds View Rams 13-0. Twelve different Robins recorded at least one point, and every player did a great job and played an important role in the overall team success. Sam Roles led the scoring with 3 goals and 1 assist. Marcus Brady, Ava Hetteen and Owen Karjala all scored 2 goals, while Jayda Johnson, Santana Washington, Marcus Strong, and Jose Leon Estrada all scored once. Nick Johnson led the assist category with 3, while Lucas Harper added 2 of his own. Also recording assists were Strong, Micah Bomgardner and Mark Cleveland. Darius Larson covered the majority of the minutes in the net, earning the win while making 4 saves. The Robins are on the road for the final three games of the regular season, starting with a big game at Maple Grove next Thursday.
The Robins made their annual road trip to Brainerd this afternoon and came home with an 11-1 loss. Despite the lopsided score, the Robins played their best overall game of the season offensively and defensively. The hard work at practice is starting to pay off, as the Robins played with a more aggressive demeanor and actively pressured the Warriors on both ends of the floor. In fact, the Robins scored the first goal of the game at the 9:54 mark of the first period on a great wrist shot by Sam Roles that was assisted by Jayda Johnson and Mark Cleveland. The Warriors struck back with 2 goals before the period ended and held a lead of just 2-1 heading into the second period. Some of the Robins youthfulness presented itself in the opening minutes of the second period as the Warriors moved the puck exceptionally well, finding holes in the Robins defense and scored 3 times in the first two minutes of the period to pull away. All of the Robins players continued to battle hard right up to the final buzzer, and everyone climbed back on the bus feeling good about their effort and the progress that has been made. Darius Larson blocked 15 shots on defense, and Edgar Kinanga made 27 saves in goal. The Robins host Mounds View on Thursday in their final home game of the season.