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Raiders start season with a 5-2 win

Junior Nate Flynn watches his shot in the Raiders' first game of the season against Farmington. Flynn scored two of Hastings' five goals.1 / 4
Senior Austin Nelson looks for an opening against a Farmington defender. Nelson scored one goal and had two assists in his first game of the season.2 / 4
Junior Connor Thomas keeps his eye on the puck while his teammates work to stop any shots.3 / 4
Team members celebrate after scoring a goal.4 / 4

The Hastings boys hockey team got the season started on the right foot Saturday, facing off against Farmington and walking away with a 5-2 win. It was the first time Hastings has played Farmington since the 1980s, said coach Russ Welch.

"I like the way our kids played," Welch said. "I liked the way they moved their feet and moved the puck."

Because of those two things, he said, the Raiders were able to create plenty of scoring opportunities - opportunities the boys took. The Raiders put the pressure on Farmington's goalie with 34 shots on goal. Farmington had 19 shots on goal.

"We almost out-shot them 2-1, and we just created opportunities," Welch said.

The first goal went to the Raiders, at 9:28 into the first period. Nate Flynn scored with an assist from Zach Mellick. Just a minute and a half later, Farmington answered with a goal of their own.

Then, just before the end of the first period, Austin Nelson scored with an assist from Andrew Lindberg. The Raiders had the lead, and they didn't give it up the rest of the game. The third goal came just 21 seconds into the second period. Flynn made his second shot with an assist from Nelson. About a minute later Charlie Carpenter scored, with the assist again coming from Nelson.

The final Hastings goal came from Jake Siewert, assisted by Jake Caneff and Carpenter 10:57 into the second period, after a second Farmington goal.

While the Raiders were able to score consistently in the first two periods, Farmington stepped it up in the third and put an end to the scoring.

"I thought Farmington played better in the third period," Welch said.

Hastings only made seven shots on goal in the third period, compared to 13 in the first and 14 in the second.

Welch said he was happy with the way his offensive line played. The game did reveal a few defensive areas that need work, and the team has already started working on those in practice already this week.

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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