Hastings falls to Cretin and Crookston
The Hastings boys hockey team had two rough games last week. Hastings lost to Crookston on Friday night, 7-3, and lost to Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday, 6-1.
The Raiders are now 11-9-1 on the season and are in fourth place in the Suburban East Conference.
Cretin-Derham Hall leads the league with a 12-3 mark and 24 points. White Bear Lake is second with a 10-4-1 record and 21 points. Mounds View also has 21 points. Hastings has 18.
In the game against Cretin, Hastings trailed 4-1 after one period.
"We played fairly well against Cretin," Welch said. "We did some nice things and had some good chances to score, but we couldn't get the puck in, then the game got away from us."
The lone Hastings goal was scored by Mark Huneke. The goal came at 12:52 on the power play, assisted by Andrew Bussey and Matt Koch.
Matt Radke got the start in goal and gave up six goals on 32 shots.
He was relieved by Michael Barr, who played the final 13 minutes.
Hastings was supposed to play Crookston on Thursday night, but because class was cancelled that day in Crookston, the game had to be moved to Friday.
"All the way around, it was a rough game for us," Welch said. "We did not play up to our ability. Crookston played very well and we played poorly."
Hastings trailed through much of the game, but after Mikey Junker scored at 5:34 of the third period, the lead was just 4-3 for Crookston. They added three goals in the final nine minutes of play and pulled away. Junker was assisted by Colin Shoen and Matt Koch on the goal.
In the first period, down 2-0, Mark Huneke scored, assisted by Andrew Bussey and Zach Mellick, to make the score 2-1.
In the second period, Bussey scored on the power play to tie the score 2-2.
Late in the period, though, Crookston scored to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. They scored just 21 seconds into the third period to go up 4-2.
Tyler Woyke played in goal and made 21 saves on 27 shots. Hastings had 18 shots on goal.