Raiders earn another key win
There was a time a few weeks ago, after the first game of a holiday tournament in South St. Paul, that the Hastings boys hockey team had a record of 3-6. Hastings had lost to Woodbury, and the team had a 2-4 record in Suburban East Conference play.
Boy, have things changed lately.
Hastings has gone 5-1-2 in its last eight games, and the team is now 8-7-2 overall.
More notably, the team has, in the past week, defeated two of the SEC's top teams. One of those wins came Saturday, Jan. 14, against White Bear Lake.
That was followed up this Saturday, Jan. 21, with a 1-0 win over Roseville.
"It was a great win for us," Hastings coach Russ Welch said. "It's been a good couple of weeks for us."
Welch said the biggest reason for the turnaround is team defense - his team is doing a much better job of late.
"We're playing better team defense," he said. "We're finding confidence in each other, and they're playing better. They are doing a lot of the little things better."
Hastings got the game-winning goal at 15:07 of the third period. Adam Fox passed the puck to Colin Shoen, who in turn moved it along to Nate Flynn. Flynn raced the puck up the ice and beat the goalie in the upper left-hand corner.
"It was a great shot," Welch said. "He came through for us in a big way."
Connor Thomas played in goal for Hastings. He made 21 saves to earn the shutout.
"He played very well," Welch said.
Hastings returns home tonight (Thursday) for a 7:30 p.m. game against East Ridge.
Vs Mounds View
In between the win over White Bear Lake and the win over Roseville, Hastings beat Mounds View, 6-4. The game was played Thursday, Jan. 19.
Hastings trailed at one point in the second period, 2-1, before scoring five unanswered goals to go up 6-2. Mounds View added the game's final two goals, including one with seven seconds to play.
Lenny Weiss played in goal for Hastings. He made 27 saves on 31 shots.
Hastings got two goals from Flynn to lead the way. Goals were also scored by Tate Sykes, Mark Huneke, Zach Mellick and Bailey Siewert.
Assists were made by Huneke, Matt Koch (2), Alex Neuman, Nate Flynn, Andrew Bussey and Siewert.