Hastings ties state's No. 7 ranked team, 4-4
Hastings and Stillwater played to a 2-2 tie last Tuesday night in girls hockey. For the Raiders, it was a big step in the right direction. In late November, Stillwater beat Hastings, 4-2.
"We challenged our girls in practice to try to get tougher on the body in all one on one situations during the game," coach Jeff Corkish said. "We were losing battles during the forecheck, defensive-zone coverage as well as the neutral zone. We worked hard at it with a lot of different drills and had the game plan to take our improvement into Stillwater to see if it would be effective."
Apparently it worked.
"Right away we saw a different amount of focus and energy in our girls - they seemed to have a little more swagger and edge to their game," Corkish said. "This led to a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately it also led to six body checking penalties resulting in some goals for Stillwater on the power play. Needless to say, we needed more time to learn how to play the body under control but for the first game with this new attitude our kids did all that we could expect from them."
Stillwater is the No. 7 ranked team in the state.
Danielle Duffy opened the scoring, putting a short-handed goal on the scoreboard at 8:54 of the first period. She was assisted by Courtney Boucher.
Hastings got a second-period goal from Jackie Stark. She was assisted by Torri Holm.
Stillwater scored two power play goals in the second period.
The game was tied 2-2 going into the second intermission
In the third period, each team added two goals.
Brittney Hunke scored, assisted by Boucher.
Kit Ruedy also scored, assisted by Kelsey Thompson.
The Ponies had 31 shots on goal. Hastings had 16.
Stef Wical played in goal for Hastings.
Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall, 2-1, on Saturday.
"We went into Cretin again looking to play the body and to be tough to play against," Corkish said. "For most of the game we did just that, controlling the time of possession and dominating in shots. The problem is that the shots did not go in the net for us while they two of them did for Cretin."
Cretin took a 1-0 lead in the first period. That lead held until the third.
Hastings got its goal from Boucher, assisted by Sami Claussen and Huneke.
"We scored a late goal with the goalie pulled in the third to make it 2-1, but we ran out of chances and time," Corkish said. "Although we improved on puck protection and playing tougher all over the ice we still have to do a lot of work when it comes to scoring goals. It is never easy to score goals but players can work at being more patient and poised when they do get the puck in tight scoring areas.
"The other side of that is that we have to design practices so that they get enough chances to gain experience in those areas. It is not just going to happen for a player in the game. It has to be practiced just like any skill."
Cretin had 33 shots on goal. Hastings had 24.