Raiders beat Mounds View, 6-5, in OT
The section tournament begins tonight (Thursday) for the Hastings boys hockey team.
The No. 5 seeded Raiders are playing at the No. 4 seeded team from East Ridge.
During the regular season, the two teams played twice in Suburban East Conference action. The Raptors won both games, 4-3 and 5-4.
"I don't think we played particularly well in the second game," coach Russ Welch said. "We'll need to play better, obviously. We're going to have to minimize our mistakes. The last time we played them, they had a breakaway, a 2-on-1 and a 3-on-2 and they scored on every one of those. I think we can score goals against them, but we'll have to keep them off the board and not give them so many opportunities."
Hastings won a wild game on Thursday against Mounds View on senior night.
There were four different occasions in which Hastings trailed by two goals in the game, but the Raiders came back in overtime to win, 6-5.
"Our kids just weren't going to be denied," Welch said. "It was one of those nights - they just didn't give up. They kept battling and battling and finally got the winning goal late in OT."
With the win, Hastings moved past Mounds View in the Suburban East Conference standings, earning third place in the league. Previously in the season, Mounds View beat Hastings 6-1.
"I think we just had the determination to send the seniors out the right way in their last home game," Welch said. "Our kids just had a fire in their belly. It was exciting to be a part of."
Hastings fell behind, 2-0, in the first period.
At 13:56, though, Joe Shingledecker scored, assisted by Bailey Siewert and Colin Shoen.
Early in the second period, Mounds View went up 3-1 with a goal at 36 seconds.
Blake Berg countered for Hastings just 30 seconds later, assisted by Brandon Boogren, to make the score 3-2.
At 11:09, Mounds View scored to go up 4-2.
At 9:25 of the third period, Hastings pulled to within a goal at 4-3 when Siewert scored, assisted by Zach Mellick and Mark Huneke.
Mounds View scored three minutes later to go up 5-3.
That's when Hastings really turned it on.
The Raiders got a goal at 13:13 from Matt Flynn, assisted by Mikey Junker and Berg.
Then, with just 21 seconds to play, Mellick scored, assisted by Berg and Matt Koch, to tie the game 5-5.
At 7:15 of the overtime, Huneke scored the gamewinner.
Matthew Barr played in goal for Hastings and earned the win. He made 15 saves on 20 shots.
Hastings, meanwhile, peppered the Mounds View goal with 47 shots.
The lone piece of bad news to come out of the game was a shoulder injury to Bussey, who will be forced to sit out the rest of the season.
Hastings beat Woodbury on Tuesday night, 9-3.
Huneke had a huge night, scoring four goals and recording two assists for a six-point night.
Mellick had a goal and five assists.
Bussey had a goal and four assists.
Also scoring goals were: Jacob Cooper, Flynn and Berg.
Also recording assists were: Jake Caneff, Adam Husting, Boogren and Andy Neuman.
Barr played in goal and made 17 saves on 20 shots to get the win.