White Bear beats Hastings girls hockey team in overtime, 3-2
The Hastings girls hockey team lost a 3-2 game to White Bear Lake in overtime on Thursday.
Hastings led 1-0 and 2-1, but couldn’t hold on to the lead.
The Raiders took the lead at 3:29 of the first period on a goal by Claire Williams. She was assisted by Nicole Klimek.
White Bear tied the game in the second period.
Hastings got the lead back at 11:44 of the third period on a goal by Sami Claussen, assisted by Erin Moes and Anna Williams.
Less than two minutes later, though, at 12:27, White Bear tied the game again.
The Bears won at 5:25 of the overtime period.
“In practice we have been working hard at eliminating all odd man rushes but unfortunately we gave up two and one of them turned out to be a goal against,” coach Jeff Corkish said. “The other back breaker for us was allowing a short-handed goal late in the third, which allowed White Bear to tie the game at 2-2. In overtime, our team controlled most of the ice but we had one break down in our own zone where our kids did not react quick enough to get back to the net and they ended up with a weaker goal resulting in a 3-2 loss.”
Brooke Weber made 11 saves on 14 shots.
Hastings had 28 shots on goal.
“We wanted to get at least 25 shots on net and with all the work we have done in practice working on how to get the puck to the net we were excited to see how it would turn out in the game,” Corkish said. “The end result was getting 28 shots and only allowing 14 shots against, which were six fewer than our team goal for shots allowed. We also did a good job blocking shots, earning six blocked shots and taking away a few extra shot attempts directed our way.”
Hastings plays at Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The team returns home Saturday, Jan. 18, for a 7:30 p.m. game against Park.
Corkish still has high hopes for the team this year.
“The good thing about our girls is that they are committed to what our team goals are and they understand how important those are if they are going to reach their goal of getting to the state tournament,” he said. “The coaches have full confidence in our team and when we get our full group back healthy the consistency will be there and we will move into the last half of our schedule playing better than we have all year.”