Hockey: Raiders beat Cedarburg, 6-0
The Hastings boys hockey team has a 2-2 record through four games this season. One of those wins came Saturday, when the Raiders beat a team from Cedarburg, Iowa, 6-0, at the Hastings Civic Arena.
Hastings coach Russ Welch knows Cedarburg's coach, and the team was looking to add a few games to its schedule in Minnesota. Cedarburg played in the Twin Cities on Friday, then made the trip to Hastings for the game Saturday.
Hastings took a 1-0 lead in the first period, then took control of things for good in the second with three goals.
"We got off to kind of a slow start, but we just kept coming at them," Welch said. "We wore them out. It was their second game in two nights. We just wore them down."
Austin Nelson had a hat trick and an assist for the Raiders.
"It was a good night for him," Welch said.
Andy Riveness, Joey Lodermeier and Charlie Carpenter also had goals.
Zach Mellick, Nick Heumoeller, Tate Sykes and Eric Kasel each had assists.
P.J. Piotrowski played his first game in goal for the Raiders and got the win.
"He did a nice job in the nets," Welch said.
Piotrowski made 19 saves to earn the shutout.
Hastings lost to Eastview on Thursday, 3-2.
The Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Nate Flynn. He was assisted by Sykes and Nelson.
Eastview scored two goals in the second period and Hastings had one, resulting in a 2-2 tie heading into the second intermission.
The second-period goal for Hastings was scored by Sykes, assisted by Carpenter.
In the third period, Eastview scored the game-winner on the power play.
"We took a bad penalty and they got a power play goal to win the game," Welch said. "It was disappointing. It was two even teams. I think if we played them 10 times, we'd each win five games."
Hastings was whistled for a total of five third-period penalties.
Connor Thomas played in goal for Hastings and made 33 saves.