ST. CLOUD — The St. Cloud Crush adapted floor hockey team scored five goals in the opening10 minutes against Anoka-Hennepin on Thursday night, winning 9-2 to improve to 2-0 overall this year.
Senior Cyrus Heins (five goals) and junior Isaiah Jancik (four goals) combined for all nine goals, while the pair combined for eight goals in the season-opening 16-1 win on Tuesday at St. Michael-Albertville/Buffalo/Monticello.
Anoka-Hennepin lost 10-2 at home to White Bear Lake in their season opener on Tuesday, but they were able to make it as close as 6-2 on Thursday after Jayden Peterman scored two goals in the first three minutes of the final period.
St. Cloud didn't panic, with Heins and Jancik providing three more goals to ease to their second victory of the year. Senior Brian Klehr finished with a team-high three assists, followed by freshman Amara Ross with two assists. Ross was a steady defensive presence at clearing the puck ahead to forwards.
Jancik controlled the game from the center position, constantly chasing down pucks and unleashing shots on net. Heins also showed a solid finishing touch around net to already total 10 goals in two games.
Adapted floor hockey's season was canceled in 2021, meaning Thursday was the first home game for the Crush since the winter of 2020.
The Crush have been extremely successful in the regular season since returning from a year-plus layoff from adapted sports last spring. They lost only one game in adapted softball, and they were 7-1-1 in the adapted soccer regular season prior to the state tournament.
The Crush co-op of Apollo, Tech, Sauk Rapids-Rice and Sartell may have a new name this season, but the tradition of the St. Cloud Slapshots carries on.
They made 14 appearances at state in the CI (cognitively impaired) Division of adapted floor hockey between 2002 and 2019, winning three state titles (2007, 2018, 2019) and finishing as runner-ups on three occasions (2010, 2012, 2017).
They last won state with a 16-5 victory over South Washington in the 2019 title game. Brian Jones also tied the state record for most goals in a tournament with 20 total.
And since the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 precautions in 2020 and 2021, St. Cloud is still technically the two-time defending state champion.
The Crush have nine games remaining in the regular season before they try to qualify for another state tournament, which will be held at Bloomington Jefferson High School on March 18-19.
St. Cloud is back at home on Tuesday when they host North-Tartan at 4:30 p.m.
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