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Boys hockey: Raiders fall to Eagan, 8-3

Five third-period goals were the difference in Tuesday's boys hockey game. Unfortunately for Hastings, it was Eagan that scored five times.

In the third period, Eagan put up five goals, including four unanswered scores in nine minutes to seal the deal.

"We just kind of ran out of gas and ran out of bodies," Hastings coach Russ Welch said. "We had seven guys out of the lineup between junior varsity and varsity, with injuries, illnesses and guys being out of town. We only dressed 17 guys for varsity, and it was our sixth game in 13 days."

"They're a very good team, and we were in the game with them, 3-2, into the third period. We were feeling pretty good about ourselves, and then the roof caved in."

Welch and the Raiders saw their record slip to 3-5 on the season with the loss. Hastings, though, went 3-3 in its last six games during a busy stretch of games that started Dec. 10.

Welch was happy with what he saw out of the team against Eagan.

"We were happy with how the kids battled, especially considering the circumstances," he said. "For the most part, we were pretty pleased with the overall effort."

Sophomore Nate Flynn scored the first Hastings goal at 6:33 of the second period on the power play. He was assisted by Tom Kuhn.

Late in the second, Flynn scored again.

The lone third-period goal was scored by Drew Bauer, assisted by Kuhn and Cole Claussen. It was Bauer's first varsity goal.