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Editor’s note: After original publication of this story, BedrockSportsHawaii learned that the winning goal was credited to the wrong person. It has been corrected.
Ethan Rogers took a pass from Ryan Downey and scored in overtime to push the Energy past the Bengals 7-6 for the Kapolei Inline Hockey Association’s Division III summer championship last Tuesday.
The D-III champion Energy players are (front row, l to r): Ethan Rogers, Brett Freeland, Mike Pennell, Ryan Donohue,
and Andrew Fried. Back row: Jussi Talvala, Ryan Downey, Jarred Felipe-Montero and Kaz White.
(Image credit: Julie Nahoi-Baricar).
Earlier in the second half, the Energy were on the wrong end of a 6-3 score, but stormed back to tie it before regulation ended.
That early Bengals lead came by way of Jordan Nahoi-Baricar’s hat trick, two goals by Zach Ing and one by Ronin Pongklub. All three of those skaters are in the KIHA youth ranks as well.
Other championship Energy players are Jussi Talvala, Jarred Montero, Kaz White, Brett Freeland, Andrew Fried, Ryan Donohue and goaltender Mike Pennell.
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In the semifinals right before the final, the Energy skated past the Fireballs 7-3, and the Bengals dumped the Argonauts 6-1 to advance. For the Argonauts, who were the first-place regular-season team and top seed, it was their first loss.
Nahoi-Baricar-Baricar finished the season as the leading point-getter with his league-high 18 goals and five assists. Ethan Rogers was the D-III assist leader with nine.
The summer season was KIHA’s first since the year-long COVID-19 shutdown that started March 2020.
A new KIHA season will start July 12 in five adult and five youth divisions.
A screenshot of the final league points, goals and assists leaders follows: