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Rochester Raiders place fourth at adapted floor hockey state tournament

Mar. 10—COON RAPIDS — The Rochester Raiders started the adapted floor hockey state tournament with a bang Friday night and battled hard on Saturday, finishing in fourth place to end their 2024 season.

Rochester finishes its season at 5-9-0 overall.

The No. 5-seeded Raiders upset No. 4 seed Maple Grove to open the tournament Friday night at Coon Rapids High School.

Maple Grove had defeated the Raiders twice during the regular season — by scores of 10-3 and 9-8 — but Rochester got the better of the Crimson when it counted.

The Raiders were paced by their leading scorer, as junior forward Andrew Westerman recorded a hat trick in the 4-3 victory. Cooper Morrissey added a goal, and Nick Degen had one assist in the win.

Rochester opened the day Saturday with their toughest matchup of the season, in the state semifinals, the No. 1-seeded Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka Robins, who entered state at 8-3-0 overall.

As they were for most opponents this season, the Robins were tough for the Raiders to handle and Rochester fell by a 10-5 final score.

Rochester then hung right with an always-tough Brainerd team in the third-place game, which came down to the final minute before 2023 state champion Brainerd pulled out a dramatic 7-5 victory.

Westerman scored twice for Rochester in the season finale.

Dakota United topped Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka 5-1 in the state title game.

The Raiders had two players named to the All-Tournament Team, both underclassmen — Morrissey and Westerman.