Raiders pick up two wins
After an 0-2 start, the Hastings girls hockey team has quickly turned things around.
The Raiders beat Farmington on Friday, 3-2, and then whipped White Bear Lake on Tuesday, 6-0, to improve to 2-2 on the season.
“We have been working hard in the little time we have had in practice with the kids trying to get them on the same page,” coach Jeff Corkish said. “We have a nice group of returning players but have a lot of work to do, as every year, with some of our new kids. We know this will take us some time.”
In the game against Farmington, the Raiders took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to goals by Sara Pevonka and Sami Claussen.
The goal by Pevonka is her first as a Raider. She is a sophomore. Pevonka was assisted by Kit Ruedy and Grace Eischen. It came at 7:01. After Farmington tied the game at 10:36, Claussen put the Raiders back up at 15:51 with an unassisted goal.
In the second period, Farmington tied the game 2-2.
The game-winner was scored in overtime by Kiki Radke, unassisted.
Brooke Weber was the goalie for the Raiders and she earned the win with 22 saves on 24 shots.
Hastings had 33 shots on goal.
Vs White Bear Lake
Hastings had no trouble with White Bear Lake on Tuesday night, beating their Suburban East Conference foe 6-0.
Hastings got a first-period goal from Abbey Putnam.
In the second, Hastings added four more goals.
Ruedy scored, assisted by Natalie Simons and Radke.
Simons then scored, assisted by Claussen and Radke.
Then it was Claussen’s turn, assisted by Simons and Radke.
Putnam then scored again. All four of the goals came in a six-minute stretch.
In the third period, the final goal was scored by Simons, assisted by Claussen.
Weber played in goal and earned the shutout win. She saw just 10 shots on the game.
Hastings, meanwhile, had 35 shots on goal.
Hastings lost to Burnsville in the season opener on Nov. 7, 8-4.
“We started the season in Burnsville to challenge the number 1 team in our section,” Corkish said. “This is their season, since they have a lot of returning players and a heavy load of seniors, two to three who will be Division I players next season. Knowing this was going to be a great challenge we came out working very hard.
“Our team started well getting up to a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period. With a little penalty trouble we got behind after the second period and had to battle to try and get back in the third. We pushed as hard as we could but ended up giving up two goals in the last minutes losing 8-4.
“All our girls learned a lot during the game, and even though they were disappointed with the loss, they knew the amount of learning that took place during the game.
Hastings lost to Eastview on Nov. 12, 5-4.
“Our home opener was against another tough section opponent with Eastview,” Corkish said. “Our two teams are evenly matched and that was displayed again with the scoring being 5-4 at the end of the game. We played a very good game in the first period but left our effort in the locker room for the second and we ended that period tied 3-3. The third was pretty even between the teams, but we gave up a short-handed goal to fall behind late and we could not catch up. Sami Claussen went home with the hard hat award for the teams best player. This may be the best we have seen her play during her long career. She scored three goals and assisted on another while also moving her feet non-stop all game. She set a good example of hard work during this game and we hope that it will rub off on all the players and soon we will all be playing with that same intensity each and every shift.
“We still have a good handful of young players thinking on the ice instead of reacting and only time and repetitions will fix that for them. We will be positive and repetitive knowing that in February when we see these two teams in sections we will be the most improved team.”