Raider girls enter postseason as No. 4 seed
The girls hockey team has already entered the postseason. On Wednesday night, Hastings played host to East Ridge at the Civic Arena. The winner kept its season alive. The losing team had its season come to an end. Hastings was the No. 4 seeded team in the tournament. East Ridge was No. 5.
If Hastings won, they'll play in the section semifinals at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights.
Hastings would, in all likelihood, play against Eagan in that game. The Wildcats are the section's No. 1 seed.
Apple Valley is No. 2 and Burnsville is No. 3.
Hastings concluded its regular season with a 3-2 overtime win over Park of Cottage Grove. It was the team's 14th overtime game this season.
"I have never heard of a team going to overtime in more than half their games, but we did it this year and have proven that we can be pretty tough while playing in the extra frame, only losing a few games out of those 14, tying 5 and winning the remainder," coach Jeff Corkish said. "Our girls came out of the gates a little slow and did not play very well in the first period and only slightly better in the second. After getting the bugs out we played pretty well in the third out shooting the Wolfpack 11-3 in that period and eventually getting the winning goal from Sam Claussen eight seconds into overtime."
The goal was Claussen's 28th point of the season.
Claussen, Kiki Radke and Natalie Simons made up a line this year and they totaled 93 points.
"They get themselves in on the forecheck very quickly and put a lot of pressure on the other teams defense usually forcing a turnover behind the goal line," Corkish said. "They react quite quickly once they get the puck on their stick, cycling the puck and moving themselves off the boards looking to get the puck to the net."
"The pressure this line puts on the other team has become infectious with Danielle Duffy, Kit Ruedy and Jackie Stark starting to see themselves scoring a few goals the last few games by simply buying into the idea of getting in quickly on the forecheck, supporting the turnover and moving the puck to the net with support going there as well looking for loose pucks and rebounds."
In the first period against Park, Sara Pevonka got the Raiders on the scoreboard. She was assisted by Danielle Duffy and Mikayla Minnaert.
Park tied the score, but Radke put Hastings back up on top, assisted by Claussen.
Park tied the game in the third period, sending it into overtime.
Brooke Weber played in goal and made 19 saves on 21 shots.
Hastings put 31 shots on goal.