Raiders rebound to win over Royals
The flu has hit a number of Hastings residents hard, and among those it has affected are a number of players on the HHS girls hockey team.
Finally, it appears as though the Raiders have turned a corner, and they are getting healthier. That, plus a struggling Woodbury team, was the perfect get-well card for the team, which won 6-4 over the Royals.
Woodbury is now 1-11-2 in the Suburban East Conference. Hastings is now 5-6-3.
The Raiders opened the scoring at 11:16 of the first period when Kiki Radke scored. After Woodbury countered at 13:25, Hastings went back up on top at 16:06 on a goal by Malerie McDowell, assisted by Hailey Lundquist. Woodbury, though, countered just 16 seconds later to tie the game 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
In the second period, Hastings scored three unanswered goals to pull away. Radke scored two more goals, giving her a hat trick on the night. Natalie Simons notched a short-handed goal, too.
Assists in the period went to Sam Claussen, Radke and Simons.
In the third period, Woodbury scored the first two goals to make the score 5-4.
At 14:18, though, Simons scored, assisted by Radke, to give Hastings the two-goal cushion.
Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall on Jan. 17, 3-2.
Hastings took a 1-0 lead, but Cretin scored the next three goals and held on to win.
"We came out with a group of kids who, for a lot of them, were not on the ice since last Saturday due to the flu," coach Jeff Corkish said. "The kids challenged themselves to battle through adversity and give all they had and that is what they did. We ended up with 39 shots on goal and only giving up just short of 20, so we were very happy with the effort that earned us those stats. The problem is that we lost 3-2.
"Right now we are playing hard but, because of multiple reasons, we are not scoring the goals we did earlier in the year and on the other end of the ice we are not getting the breaks we were. ... As a result are giving up a few more soft goals than usual. That really is the difference in the one goal games that we were winning before Christmas and losing now."
Jackie Stark opened the scoring for Hastings at 15:02 of the first period. Cretin then scored with 21 seconds left in the first period. In the second, C-DH added two more goals to go up 3-1.
At 3:27 of the third, Radke scored on the power play, assisted by Claussen.
Weber played in goal and made 25 saves on 28 shots.