Rochester Raiders suffer narrow loss in hard-fought state tournament opener

The Rochester Raiders will chase a fifth-place finish at the adapted floor hockey state tournament after falling in the state quarterfinals on Friday.

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The Rochester Raiders huddle before practice on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Dakota Middle School in Rochester. The Raiders will play in the state consolation semifinals Saturday morning, after falling 4-3 in their state tournament opener on Friday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin

BLOOMINGTON — The Rochester Raiders battled back from behind twice, but couldn't get the go-ahead goal here Friday evening and dropped a hard-fought game in the Adapted Floor Hockey state tournament, 4-3 against the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs.

The Raiders will play at 9 a.m. Saturday against St. Paul Humboldt in the consolation semifinals. The winner of that game will play for fifth place at 12:15 p.m. at Bloomington Jefferson High School.

The Raiders and Anoka-Hennepin were tied 2-2 after period. Anoka-Hennepin scored the lone goal of the second period, but Rochester tied it early in the third. That set up Mustangs freshman Nevaeh Maxey-Thomas to score the game winner just more than a minute later.

Rochester is 6-5-0 overall and holds two wins against St. Paul Humboldt (1-8-0) this season, an 11-1 victory on Jan. 26 and a 9-2 win on Feb. 21.

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