Boys hockey: Raiders beat Wolfpack, 4-1
The Hastings boys hockey team split a pair of Suburban East Conference games last week. To hear coach Russ Welch talk about the two, you'd think that the Raiders beat Mounds View and lost to Park.
But you'd be wrong.
Welch was anything but impressed with his team's 4-1 win over Park on Saturday morning.
Welch was anything but disappointed with his team's 2-1 loss in overtime to Mounds View Thursday.
In the loss to the Mustangs, Hastings outshot their opponent 34-27.
"We had a very good second and third period, but we just couldn't score, Welch said. "We just had trouble scoring. We had numerous opportunities, and couldn't. We played better Thursday than we did Saturday. We just couldn't get the job done.
"It was just one of those days where the puck didn't bounce our way."
Connor Thomas made 25 saves for the Raiders.
Hastings fell behind 1-0 in the first period when the Mustangs scored a power play goal.
In the second period, Zach Mellick tied the score with assists going to Austin Nelson and Nate Flynn.
The game-winner was scored at 4:17 of the first overtime.
Hastings has a 4-3 record.
The Suburban East Conference held a showcase of sorts Saturday in Stillwater, with all the teams from the SEC playing throughout the day. Hastings and Park drew the short straw and had to play at 10 a.m.
"I don't think it was a very good game by either team," Welch said. "I didn't think it was our best effort. I think we were both kind of sleepwalking out there."
Hastings scored three power play goals in the game and won, 4-1.
"We had our power play going," Welch said. "That was the difference in the game."
In the first period, Nelson scored on the power play at 5:29, assisted by Jake Siewert.
In the second period, Tate Sykes scored, assisted by Flynn.
The second power play goal came at 14:59 by Sykes, assisted by Nelson and Flynn.
Andy Riveness scored at 15:26, assisted by Drew Bauer.
Thomas made 22 saves for the Raiders.
The two goals by Sykes stood out, Welch said.
"He had a very good game for us," he said. "He seemed to be the only guy who had a lot of energy for us the whole game."
Hastings will compete in the annual Packer Invitational in South St. Paul between Christmas and New Year's.
Hastings opens play at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 against Woodbury.
The Raiders will also play Dec. 28 and Dec. 29.
All games are at Wakota Arena.