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Boys hockey: Hastings and WBL tie, 3-3

Last week, Hastings coach Russ Welch and members of the Raiders boys hockey team gathered to talk about a couple letdowns they had the previous week. It seemed to Welch that when the Raiders got down, they threw in the towel.

Apparently, the team has turned over a new leaf.

Welch was encouraged by what he saw from his team in a back-and-forth 3-3 tie against White Bear Lake Thursday.

For starters, the Raiders trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before taking a lead with approximately 2.5 minutes to play. Sophomore Nate Flynn scored at 14:48 of the third period to give Hastings the 3-2 lead.

But at 15:15, White Bear Lake tied the score. Late goals like that can often times send the opposing team in a tailspin, something Welch had seen in previous weeks.

History, however, did not repeat itself.

"After that tying goal, I really liked the way we played," Welch said. "You could tell we had the will to win. Our kids played extremely well down the stretch and we had lots of chances. We just couldn't get it in the net.

"I was very happy with the way we responded to the goal that tied it. It was fun to watch.

"White Bear was lucky to survive and get out of there with a point. In the second and third periods, and the overtime, we dominated. We had numerous chances to win the game. We completely outplayed them.""

Hastings fell behind in the first period when the Bears scored at 8:44 on the power play. In the period, Hastings was outshot 9-4.

"We did not play a very intelligent first period," Welch said. "Our effort was outstanding. It just wasn't very intelligent."

Michael Rother scored for Hastings at 2:45 of the second period. He was assisted by Max Fox and John Klein.

White Bear Lake took a 2-1 lead at 12:19, but senior defenseman Tom Kuhn scored just 20 seconds later to tie it 2-2. He was assisted by Austin Nelson and Nate Flynn.

At 14:48 of the third period, Hastings took a 3-2 lead on a goal by Flynn. He was assisted by Nelson and Cody Block.

Mike Porrez played in goal and made 23 saves.

Vs East Ridge

Hastings beat East Ridge Saturday, 4-2.

East Ridge took a 1-0 lead just a minute into the game. The Raptors held a 2-1 lead after one period, but the Raiders added a goal in the second period to tie the score and then two third-period goals to pull away and win.

"It was a hard-fought game," Welch said. "It was a very entertaining game to watch. There was a lot of contact, a lot of scoring chances, and it was a hard-hitting game. It was close all the way through."

Scoring goals for Hastings were Nelson, Flynn, Eric Kasel and Max Fox.

Assists were made by Ryan Bussey, Joe Lodemeier, Klein, Brock Johnson and Cole Claussen.

The goal by Kasel was his first varsity goal.

"That was great to see," Welch said. "His whole line just ground it out and he banged it in. You work and you work and you work, and finally you get a reward for your work."

Tom Sieh played in goal and made 24 saves to earn the win.