Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka seeks sixth straight PI title; Dakota United defends CI championship
The Robins of Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka return as the five-time defending champions in the PI Division when the 2016 State Adapted Floor Hockey Tournament opens this Friday, March 11. The Robins, who are the No. 2 seed in the North Division, have a record of 8-3. The Dakota United Hawks return as the defending champions in the CI Division. They are the No. 1 seed in the South Division and boast a record of 9-2. The tournament, which is held at Bloomington Jefferson High School, runs through Saturday, March 12.
PI Division Quarterfinal Highlights
Anoka-Hennepin (8-1) vs. Maple Grove (1-8): These teams will meet in Gym B at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11. The Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs, who earned runner-up honors last year, enter the tournament as the top seed in the North Division. They are in the hunt for their fourth PI title, having won previously in 2007, 2008, and 2010. The Crimson of Maple Grove, who come in as the No. 4 seed in the South Division, did not qualify for the 2015 tournament. Maple Grove won its only title in 1999 as the Maple Grove 79’ers.
Rochester (5-6) vs. Brainerd (5-4): The Raiders of Rochester, who placed fourth last year, have never won a state title. Rochester comes in as the No. 2 seed in the South Division this year. The Brainerd Warriors are looking to improve on last year’s third-place showing. They are the No. 3 seed in the North Division and are looking for their third championship. They won their previous championships in 1998 and 2000. The Raiders and Warriors tangle at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in Gym A.
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka (8-3) vs. St. Paul Humboldt (2-4): The five-time defending champions from Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka meet the St. Paul Humboldt Hawks at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in Gym B. The Hawks are the No. 3 seed in the South Division and will have to play an extraordinary game to upset the No. 2-seeded Robins, who are coming out of the North Division. St. Paul Humboldt, which did not qualify for the 2015 tournament, is still looking for its first championship. If the Robins win it would be their 12th title. They won as Robbinsdale in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and as Hopkins/Robbinsdale/Wayzata in 2001. In 2002 they won as Hopkins/Mound Westonka/Robbinsdale, and they claimed their last six titles under their current name in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Dakota United (9-2) vs. Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville (3-6): This contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in Gym A. The Dakota United Hawks, who are the top seed in the South Division, are looking for their fourth PI title. They won three consecutive championships between 2004 and 2006 and earned consolation honors last year. The Rams of Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville did not qualify for the 2015 tournament. They are the No. 4 seed in the North Division and are still in the hunt for their first championship. Consolation semifinals will be played at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, to be followed by the 12:15 p.m. consolation championship. The championship semifinals will be played at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the third-place game at 2:15 p.m. The championship game will begin at 2:30 p.m.
|2016 State Adapted Hockey Tournament-PI Division|
|3/11 5:00 PM|
|3/11 5:00 PM|
|3/11 6:30 PM|
|3/11 6:30 PM|
|3/12 10:30 AM|
|3/12 10:30 AM|
|3/12 2:30 PM|
|3/12 2:15:00 PM|
|Consolation – Semifinals|
|3/12 9:00 AM|
|3/12 9:00 AM|
|Consolation – Final|
|3/12 12:15:00 PM|
Some Special Rules
Some of the rules for adapted floor hockey are different and some of the athletes may wheel themselves around the floor, but sticks and pucks are still the tools of the game. The intensity of the competition and the thrill of participation are identical to that witnessed in recent weeks on the ice rinks of Xcel Energy Center, Ridder Arena, and Mariucci Arena traversed by non-disabled athletes. These athletes just happen to have a physical, mental, or other health impairment. Adapted floor hockey is one of four team sports the Minnesota State High School League sponsors for athletes with disabilities. Adapted soccer is conducted in the fall and adapted bowling (individual competition also) and adapted softball are conducted in the spring. Competition is conducted in two divisions: one for athletes with physical or health impairments and commonly called PI; and the other for athletes with cognitive impairments or mental handicaps and known as CI. As one can imagine and as the name of the activity implies, some rules have been adapted to accommodate the athletes with disabilities. For example, a gymnasium the size of a basketball court is the arena of play and the puck can be played off the walls or bleachers. The puck itself is hollow plastic, as are the sticks used by the players. Teams consist of six players — a center who can move the full length of the floor; two forwards who must stay within the offensive zone and cannot cross the centerline; two defensive players who must stay within the opponent’s offensive zone and cannot cross the centerline; and a goalkeeper. In the PI Division, every team with a full complement of players must field a minimum of two wheelchair players. A game consists of three periods — the first two periods of 15 minutes of running time and a third period of 15 minutes of stop time. If necessary, five-minute running time periods of “sudden victory” are played until a winner is determined. The puck may be moved the best way for each participant. In other words, the ability of the athlete dictates whether feet or sticks can be used. Intentional trapping of the puck beneath a wheelchair is prohibited. Running is prohibited. On the other hand, there are no restrictions on the speed of wheelchair players.
Results will be posted on the League’s website. The League’s Web site address is www.MSHSL.org. Mary Heiss will be the media steward.