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The Woodbury Blazing stars Special Olympics poly-hockey team got together with the East Ridge girls hockey team for a game of floor hockey over the holiday break. (Submitted photo)

East Ridge girls hockey: Raptors take on Blazing Stars in scrimmage, to be on FSN

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The Woodbury Blazing stars Special Olympics poly-hockey team squared off against the East Ridge girls hockey team for a game of floor hockey over the holiday break. 

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Excitement grew at the YMCA gym in Woodbury when former Minnesota Wild player Wes Walz, the current head coach of the East Ridge girls, joined in against the girls. Scrimmages were held against each of the three Blazing Stars teams, which are grouped by ability.

Fox Sports North accompanied the East Ridge girls hockey team to film the scrimmages for the televised Hockey Day Minnesota 2014, on Jan. 18.

“The girls were very good sports, and acted very professionally,” said Katie Hawke, Healthy Youth Program Director for the YMCA in Woodbury. “As they came in and out of the gym, they were letting their team mates know that the Blazing Stars could hold their own. Many members stopped watch, and the players loved getting interviewed on camera.”

Scores were not kept in the scrimmage.

The YMCA in Woodbury has been home to the Blazing Stars for nearly 15 years. The team started very small, and has grown to many volunteers, as well as poly hockey, aquatics and basketball teams in the winter; softball, golf, and bocce teams in the summer, and recently, flag football in the fall.

The Blazing Stars Poly Hockey will compete next at the Area 12 tournament at Hastings High School on Saturday, Jan. 11.

-Patrick Johnson

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