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Thunderbolts roll to 3-0 with easy win

Mitchell Rinnels of the South Washington County Thunderbolts shoots in the second period against Owatonna Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. John Molene / Contributor 1 / 3
Senior center Bryce Smith of South Washington County gets in position to shoot Thursday. Smith scored six goals in the Thunderbolts 18-5 win. John Molene / Contributor 2 / 3
Tyler Tinucci of the Thunderbolts pushes the puck down the floor Thursday against Owatonna. Tinucci scored seven goals to lead South Washington County. John Molene / Contributor 3 / 3

It was lather, rinse and repeat for the South Washington County Thunderbolts Thursday afternoon, Jan. 18.

The Thunderbolts improved to 3-0 on the season with another impressive early-season outing, swamping Owatonna 18-5 in adapted floor hockey in the Park High School gym.

The Thunderbolts came in with lopsided wins over South Suburban (18-5) and Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (17-8) to start the season. Thursday's game was more of the same.

South Washington County jumped out to a 12-1 lead after one period and never looked back.

Ninth-grader Tyler Tinucci scored seven goals and senior Bryce Smith kicked in six to lead the Thunderbolts. Senior Nick Jones added three scores.

Ninth-grader Carson Rinnels got the win in goal.

South Washington County has almost its entire team back from last year's squad which finished fourth at state. The Thunderbolts went 13-0 in the regular season, then 1-2 in the state tournament.

"Pretty strong season," Thunderbolts coach Jeff Figlmiller said. "Defense has been really strong. We know we can score but I think defense is kind of going to tell us the story this year.

"Passing was really good tonight," Figlmiller said. "Shots were pretty good. We've still got to work on things in the goal."

South Washington County has an early-season road showdown against co-conference leader Dakota United (2-0) Monday.