Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
Everett Arakawa, Dragons Storm Back For KIHA D-II Summer Championship

After a horrendous first half with a five-goal deficit, the Dragons stormed back to shock the Dragons 11-9 for the Kapolei Inline Hockey Arenas’ Division II summer championship last Wednesday.

Everett Arakawa figured in seven of the 11 Dragons goals, with a hat trick and four assists, including a short-handed tally that gave them the first lead of the game at 9-8 with less than eight minutes to play.

The D-II summer champion Dragons, are (from row, l to r) Andrew Uyehara, Ryan Downey, Shawn Hibbard.
Back row: Garrett Stackhouse, Everett Arakawa, Kaena Humber and Lindsey Dymond.
(Image credit: Julie Nahoi-Baricar).

Andrew Uyehara and Shawn Hibbard also had hat tricks for the Dragons, who scored six of the last seven goals of the game.

Jaden Nahoi-Baricar, with a goal and five assists, and Noah Tramuto, with four goals, led the Barracudas.

After hurting his knee, Kaena Humber, the Dragons goaltender, left the game with 12:45 to go in the first half with his team trailing 2-0. Goalie Ryan Downey, who was coming off a semifinal loss for the Fireballs and had already changed into street clothes, was called upon as an emergency backup and, despite a slow start, picked up the win.

Garrett Stackhouse and Lindsey Dymond were also part of the Dragons’ victory.

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Earlier last Wednesday in the semifinals, the Dragons edged the Fireballs 7-6, and the Barracudas eliminated the Adrenaline 12-7 to advance.

Arakawa, Nahoi-Baricar and Josh Durand tied for the season’s points lead with 23. Noah Szenderski topped the goals list with 16. Nahoi-Baricar and Zach Ing tied for the most assists with 12.

The game was the first D-II finale since KIHA reopened after a year-long COVID-19 induced break from March 2020 to March 2021.

A new season begins July 12.

Screenshots of the D-II title game summary and the league scoring leaders follow.

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