Boys hockey team improves to 5-1 on the seasonThe Hastings boys hockey team is off to its best start in years, holding a 5-1 record through its first six games.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
The Hastings boys hockey team is off to its best start in years, holding a 5-1 record through its first six games.
One of those wins came Tuesday night at home against North St. Paul.
Hastings got one goal in the first period, scored by Andrew Bussey.
The Raiders went up 2-0 in the second period when Colin Shoen scored, assisted by Jacob Cooper and Joe Shingledecker.
In the third, the final Hastings goal was scored by Matt Flynn, assisted by Bussey and Jake Caneff.
Michael Barr earned the win in goal for the Raiders. He stopped 12 of 13 shots.
Hastings, meanwhile, peppered the North St. Paul goalie with 42 shots.
Hastings beat Park of Cottage Grove on Thursday, 7-3.
Hastings fell behind 1-0 at 3:28 of the first period, but from that point on Hastings dominated. The Raiders led 2-1 after one period and 6-2 after two.
Six different players scored goals for Hastings.
Zach Mellick led the Raiders offense with two goals and an assist.
Also scoring goals were Mark Huneke, Matt Flynn, Andy Neuman, Colin Shoen and Bailey Siewert.
Recording assists were Matt Koch, Mellick, Joe Shingledecker, Flynn, Andrew Bussey, Brandon Boogren (three) and Blake Berg (two).
Matt Radke played in goal for Hastings and recorded 21 saves on 24 shots.
Hastings had 32 shots on goal in the game.
Two players, one from Hastings and one from Park, were ejected in the game.
The second period was especially wild. Hastings scored four goals in the period, including two on the power play. Park was whistled for eight penalties in that period alone.