Raider girls go 1-1-1 on the week
A win, a loss and a tie have pushed the Hastings girls hockey team's record to 9-6-1 on the season.
Hastings tied Forest Lake on Jan. 4, 2-2. Hastings outshot Forest Lake, 43-27.
"We really dominated the game, but we just couldn't finish," Hastings coach Jeff Corkish said. "When you get 43 shots on goal, you have to finish them off. You should be averaging a goal for every 10 shots. We certainly didn't come out with that."
Courtney Boucher got Hastings on the scoreboard in the second period with a goal at 8:33. She was assisted by Danielle Duffy and Katilin Stark.
In the third period, Boucher gave Hastings a 2-0 lead with a goal at 7:55, assisted by Sami Claussen.
Forest Lake got on the board at 11:17 of the third period, then tied the game at 14:46.
Vs East Ridge
Hastings beat East Ridge on Jan. 6, 7-3.
"Overall I think some of the kids started to play a little harder midway through the game," Corkish said. "We challenged the kids after the first period. With about six minutes left in the second period, we were lights-out. We had 52 shots that game. Most of them, two-thirds, came with about six minutes left in the second period, and the third period."
Hastings scored two goals in the first period, two in the second and three more in the third.
Goals were scored by Boucher (two), Mackenzie Klimek (two), Natalie Simons, Josie Stepan and Kit Ruedy.
Assists were credited to Brittney Huneke, Boucher (three), Hannah Simons, Hailey Lundquist (two), Natalie Simons, Ruedy and Klimek.
Stef Wical got the win in net.
Hastings lost to White Bear Lake on Jan. 8, 4-2.
"We weren't totally prepared to play in that game," Corkish said. "It was just mistakes. We made some mistakes they capitalized on."
The Bears took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, then added two more goals early in the second period to go up 4-0.
Boucher countered with a goal at 1:33, assisted by Klimek and Natalie Simons.
Ruedy scored at 15:36, assisted by Huneke, to round out the scoring.
White Bear outshot Hastings 29-19.
What a week
Boucher had a dominating week for Hastings, scoring five goals and recording three assists.
"She's a perfect example of a kid who has worked hard, and now it's time for the rewards of that work," Corkish said. "When she was in ninth-grade, we sat down with her parents and talked about her future. They all had some goals. She has been working toward those goals ever since. She's been working very, very hard on all the little things. She trusted the people in her life who were giving her advice and now her career here is coming to an end and she's being rewarded for all that work.
"I couldn't be any happier for her. She has been a joy to coach."
Boucher hasn't made a decision yet regarding her future in hockey. She could potentially be a Division I recruit, yet is considering attending a strong Division III program where she can spend more time on academics.
"She'll probably be the best D-III recruit all year," Corkish said. "We'd love to see her play anywhere."