The dynasty lives on.
The Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka adapted floor hockey team won its fourth consecutive PI state championship Saturday, defeating Dakota United 8-3 at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
The victory capped a dominant season for the Robins (16-0) in the physically impaired (PI) division. They haven’t lost a game since 2010, but this year’s result exceeded coach Marcus Onsum’s expectations.
“I told [the kids] that back in early December, first practice, I expected third, fourth place,” Onsum said. “We’d be competitive, not dominant, but we’d have a good season regardless.”
The Robins outscored opponents by 104 goals in their last 10 games and played their best floor hockey at state.
Senior Joe Dubisar had two goals and two assists to lead the Robins, and he finished the state tournament with 13 goals.
“This was the best stretch of three games Joe’s ever had in his four-year career with the Robins,” Onsum said. “He was just in the zone.”
Robins senior Tyler Sarff added two goals and an assist.
Dakota United pressured the Robins throughout the game and was the more physical team. Early in the second period, a Hawks player committed a roughing penalty that sent Dubisar to the ground. Undaunted, he got up after about a minute and scored soon afterward.
“I knew when I got back on the floor, I [was] going to score a goal right away,” Dubisar said.
The Robins’ dynasty has rarely been threatened. The closest scare they received Saturday was a 1-0 first-period deficit, but that lasted only 77 seconds.
Junior Jeremy Jost tied the score late in the first on a shot from the Robins’ blue line. In the second period, the Robins blew the game open with three goals.
New Prague wins CI title
The cognitively impaired (CI) division of adapted floor hockey has a new champion: the co-op of New Prague, Belle Plaine, Jordan, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United.
The Trojans defeated Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 9-7 in the CI final Saturday at Bloomington Jefferson to win their first state title.
Junior Matthew Schoenbauer scored six goals to lead the Trojans, and senior Alex Palma had the other three.
“We have a strong first line, and then we have some good support after that,” coach Shellie Kriha said.
Many of the Trojans’ top players have been on the team since seventh or eighth grade. The program’s participation has more than doubled since it began about eight years ago.
On Saturday, the Trojans (12-0) fell behind twice in the first period, but Schoenbauer kept them in the game with a combination of deft stickhandling and powerful, accurate shots.
They got stronger as the game progressed, scoring four consecutive goals in the second period to erase a one-goal deficit.
“Our senior leadership and our older juniors — they just take over,” Kriha said. “That’s what their job is, and they know how to do it. And they did it again today.”
Charlie Armitz is a University of Minnesota student reporter