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Girls Hockey: Hastings rolls past Farmington in opener

Danielle Welch opened the season spending five minutes in the penalty box.

She responded with a five of her own.

The senior, who received a five-minute major for roughing 29 seconds into the Hastings High School girls hockey team's season opener against Farmington Friday night, scored five goals to lead the Raiders to a 7-2 win.

Welch, who led the Raiders in scoring last season with 47 points (32 goals, 15 assists), picked up right where she left off.

"She's the total package on the ice,"?Hastings head coach Jeff Corkish said. "Luckily, (Welch) worked her butt off and scored five, otherwise it would have been tougher for us."

The Raiders, who boast just five seniors on the roster this season, are young.?And it showed on the ice Friday night, where Hastings racked up 16 penalties.

"I?am glad we won, but it wasn't the best way to go about it,"?Corkish said. "We didn't play very smart and played undisciplined hockey."

The Raiders didn't field five players on the ice until the 7:04 mark of the first period after the opening Welch penalty and found themselves down 1-0.

But at 9:12 of the first period, the Raiders got their first goal of the season by freshman Courtney Boucher on the power play to tie the game at 1-1. Welch scored four straight goals, two in the first and two to start the second, to put the game out of reach.

Senior Nicole Chorney added four assists in the game and freshman Brittney Huneke scored the other goal.