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Adapted Floor Hockey: Warriors continue winning ways in 2022

Brainerd adapted floor hockey teams hosts Robbinsdale Wednesday, Jan. 12

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Brainerd's Kadyn Robinson shoots the puck against the Robins Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Riverside Elementary in Brainerd.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD — The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey may have not played a game in almost two years, but it didn’t look like it Wednesday, Jan. 12.

With three or more goals in each period, the Warriors defeated Robbinsdale 10-1 in the opening game of the 2022 season at Riverside Elementary.

The win extends the Warriors winning streak,which dates back to 2016, to 56 games.

Warriors head coach Todd Person said it felt great to be back playing off last year’s hiatus.

“I told my assistant that it’s been a long time since the kids have been able to be on the floor,” Person said. “And it felt really good. We are down this year in numbers and we really weren’t sure how this was going to go, and our kids really stepped up and played well.”

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Senior Tre’Von Otey is one of the veterans for the Warriors and notched a hat trick in the big win.

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Brainerd's Tre'Von Otey shoots the puck against the Robins Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Riverside Elementary in Brainerd.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

“It felt different,” Otey said. “We are short players. We just got to practice more and figure out our routines. We are trying to build confidence because we are short players.”

Otey scored the first two goals of the season for the Warriors in the first period. The first was assisted by Cadence Atwater and the second by Caleb Keran.

“He’s playing in a position he’s never played before,” Person said. “He’s playing back in that defensive spot and we just kind of told him he needs to control the floor and he did a really good job of that from the get go.”

Senior Kadyn Robinson is also a returning player and scored two goals in the first period as Brainerd went up 4-0.

“He’s had an injury in his foot and trying to figure out what’s going on with him,” Person said. “He knows how hard he can push himself, so we weren’t sure how that was going to go, which is why we started him out in that defensive chair position. He told us he was ready to go in and it was good that we were able to move Tre’Von and Kadyn back and forth.”

Owen Olson and Keran assisted on Robinson’s first goal while Otey notched an assist on the second goal.

...it’s been a long time since the kids have been able to be on the floor...
Todd Person, Warriors head coach

It was Olson who got in the scoring column to start the second period for the Warriors and make it 5-0 off assists from Atwater and Hunter Zilka.

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Atwater then scored two goals herself with assists from Otey and Robinson to make it 7-0 Brainerd after two periods.

“She’s the heart and soul of our team as the center,” Person said. “She really brings the energy level up and we are just so thankful to have her here. You can just see it in the way she battles along the boards and doesn’t give up.”

In the third period, Zilka found the net on a Robinson assist to make it 8-0, then Otey completed his hat trick with a goal on an assist by Keran.

“Getting that hat trick made me feel some type of way,” Otey said. “I lost my grandma in November and those were all for her.”

Robbinsdale got its lone shot of the game off with under four minutes to go in the third period and it was a goal by Micah Bomgardner which made it 9-1.

Keran then put the finishing touches on the win for Brainerd with a goal which was assisted on by Robinson, his third assist of the contest.

The Warriors outshot Robbinsdale 27-1 with eighth grade goalie Andrew Kargel rarely seeing action.

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Brainerd's Hunter Zilka manuevers the puck against the Robins Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Riverside Elementary in Brainerd.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd hits the road next Wednesday as they travel to play Maple Grove.

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“We had three players tonight where tonight was their first game,” Person said. “So it’ll be good to just look at film and be able to talk about positioning and where we made some mistakes and what we need to do to get better.”

Robbinsdale 0 0 1 — 1

Brainerd 4 3 3 — 10

First period: Brd-Tre’Von Otey (Cadence Atwater) 8:18, Brd-Otey (Caleb Keran) 4:49, Brd-Kadyn Robinson (Owen Olson, Keran) 2:35, Brd-Robinson (Otey)

Second period: Brd-Olson (Atwater, Hunter Zilka) 8:09, Brd-Atwater (Otey) 6:50, Brd-Atwater (Robinson) 6:04

Third period: Brd-Zilka (Robinson) 9:50, Brd-Otey (Keran) 4:00, R-Micah Bomgardner (Ava Hetteen, Nick Johnson) 3:27, Brd-Keran (Robinson) 2:35

Shots on goal: Brd 27, R 1

Overall: Brd 1-0. Next: Brainerd at Maple Grove 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19.

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