Hastings takes third at Farmington tourneyThe Hastings girls hockey team must really like being on the ice this season. It appears as though the team is doing everything it can to make its games last as long as possible.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
The Hastings girls hockey team must really like being on the ice this season. It appears as though the team is doing everything it can to make its games last as long as possible.
Hastings is 9-2-4 so far this season, and nine games have gone into overtime. Hastings has won four of those, lost one and tied four.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” coach Jeff Corkish said. “The crazy part is that we’ve only lost one of them. Our kids don’t get rattled easily. They get up for that kind of thing and seem to do well in that kind of pressure environment.”
Hastings had two overtime games in a holiday tournament last week in Farmington. The Raiders went 1-1-1 during the tournament.
In the tournament opener against Rosemount, Hastings settled for a 3-2 win.
“We didn’t start the tournament real well,” Corkish said. “We got lucky getting out of that one with a win. The energy wasn’t there. We didn’t cause a lot of turnovers and we gave up some plays we shouldn’t have given up.”
Still, the Raiders won.
“It’s a funny thing,” Corkish said. “These kids are finding a way to win even when they don’t have everything going.”
Hastings took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Sami Claussen, assisted by Natalie Simons.
Rosemount tied it, 1-1, before the first intermission.
Hastings scored one goal in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Erin Moes scored it, assisted by Simons and Kiki Radke.
In the third period, the lead grew to 3-1 when Simons scored, assisted by Radke and Claussen.
Brooke Weber played in goal and had a strong night, recording 31 saves on 33 shots.
Hastings lost to Eastview in the tournament’s second game, 2-1.
“There were some missed opportunities in that game,” Corkish said. “We were a step behind in that game. We had our chances.”
Hastings lost in overtime when Eastview scored the game-winner with 8.1 seconds left to play.
“We didn’t do a good job of blocking the shot,” Corkish said. “The sticks weren’t in the shooting lanes. The puck got to the net and got tipped. There was nothing Brooke could have done. We just have to make sure we do a better job of making sure those shots from the point don’t get through.”
Danielle Duffy had the Hastings goal, assisted by Simons and Claussen.
Weber had 24 saves on 26 shots.
Hastings scored a 3-2 overtime win over Mound-Westonka in the tournament finale.
Hastings tied the score 1-1 in the second period when Mikayla Minnaert scored, assisted by Radke and Moes.
Hastings went up 2-1 later in the second period on a goal by Duffy. She was assisted by Elle Cooper.
The game-winner was scored in overtime by Jackie Stark on the power play.
“The kids played really well in that one,” Corkish said. “We played unreal in that second period – we had 18 shots and dominated the play,” Corkish said. “Our defense was phenomenal all night. That was the best they’ve played in a long, long time.”
Corkish said Hailey Lundquist, Anna Williams, Minnaert and Moes all stood out on defense.
“Hailey did a really nice job one-on-one with their best player,” Corkish said. “Anna is young, but overall she just gets the game. She’s a really easy skater, competes and is really focused. She comes to play every game. Erin played a really good game with her feet. She was a lot more confident with the puck. That turned into some nice plays.
“(Mikayla) did the same thing. She has been our most valuable player a lot of nights. She did a really nice job for us.”
Weber made 33 saves on 35 shots.
Hastings had 44 shots in the game.