Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
RIVALS WAIKIKI GAME OF THE WEEK: Michael Kawazoe, Firebirds Steam Past Dorado For KIHA D-IV Summer Championship

RIVALS WAIKIKI GAME OF THE WEEK

Michael Kawazoe’s hat trick paced the Firebirds to a 7-2 victory over Dorado in the Kapolei Inline Hockey Association’s Division IV summer championship game last Thursday.

Kawazoe’s two first-half goals and one each by Jason Graves and Julie Nahoi-Baricar gave the Firebirds a 4-0 lead, and Dorado never got back in the game that was also BedrockSportsHawaii’s RIVALS WAIKIKI GAME OF THE WEEK.

CJ Bassingthwaite, Jason Asato and goalie Brysson Nikaido also had a hand in the victory.

The Firebirds D-IV championship team is (l to r) Jason Asato, CJ Bassingthwaite, Julie Nahoi-Baricar,
Brysson Nikaido, Jason Graves and Mike Kawazoe. (Image credit: KIHA).

The Firebirds placed third in the regular-season standings, but upset top-seeded Bingo 2-1 in a semifinal game earlier last Thursday night. In the other semifinal, fourth-seeded Dorado defeated second-seeded Chihuahua 9-6.

Dorado’s Brett Freeland finished tied with the Firebirds’ Graves as the season’s top point-getter with 14 and he was also the leading goal scorer with 10  to go along with his four assists. Teammate Michael Schittone led the league in assists with seven.


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The D-IV summer season was KIHA’s first since a year-long COVID-19 shutdown from March 2020 to March 2021.

The fall season starts July 12 in five adult and five youth divisions.

Below are screenshots of the D-IV title game summary and final division scoring leaders.

 

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