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Thunderbolts roll to 11-0

Nick Jones of the Thunderbolts powers in a goal late in the game against Dakota United Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2018. John Molene / Sports Writer1 / 4
South Washington County goalie Carson Rinnels (2) and center Greta Klinga knock a shot away early in the game against Dakota United Wednesday at Park High School. John Molene / Sports Writer2 / 4
Eighth grader Elliott Miller of the Thunderbolts advances the puck down the floor in the fourth quarter against Dakota United. John Molene / Sports Writer3 / 4
Senior Sydney Sexton of the Thunderbolts celebrates a late goal against Dakota United. John Molene / Sports Writer4 / 4

Tyler Tinucci powered in five goals and the South Washington County Thunderbolts rolled to their 11th straight win of the adapted floor hockey season Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The Thunderbolts dispatched visiting Dakota United, winning 11-2 in the Park High School gym. South Washington County improved to 11-0 on the season.

The win clinched the CI South Division regular-season title for the Thunderbolts.

Tinucci, a ninth-grader, had five goals and two assists to lead the Thunderbolts. Senior Bryce Smith had two goals and two assists, sophomore Matt Jenkins had two goals and one assist while senior Nick Jones had a goal and two assists.

“We did good passing and we tried to communicate more,” said Smith. “We need to work on covering the other team.”

It was another dominating performance by the Thunderbolts, who are outscoring opponents by an average score of 17.5 to 3.5 this season.

“We’re doing OK with this record of I believe its 11-0,” said Tinucci. “But what I’m fearing is that we’re going to go up to the state tournament and we’re going to face these big teams. We have this all the years. We’re in this little division that is kind of – it’s an all right challenge but not a big challenge. I’d say the biggest challenge we had was New Prague and Owatonna.”

Dakota United fell to 4-5 overall.

“The challenges are getting bigger,” said South Washington County head coach Jeff Figlmiller. “We’re definitely going to have to -- as the guys were saying – get communication better, get the defense a little stronger and get used to defended man-to-man. A lot of these teams aren’t moving to defend us as strong as when we get to state. We’re trying to work on that a lot in practice. Another thing that will help us a lot this year is we’re getting the puck up.

“It’s going to come down to that cohesiveness, Figmiller added. “I go to state every year and when we’ve gone the last couple of years it’s been which teams are cohesive, which teams are together.”

The Thunderbolts wrap up the regular season with a game at Stillwater (0-6-0) Monday, Feb. 26 and then host St. Paul Humboldt (3-7-0) Wednesday, Feb. 28.