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Girls hockey: Raiders add one win, loss to season

The Raiders girls hockey team is learning some important lessons about battling it out on the ice. In the past week, the girls won one game against White Bear Lake because they battled the whole game, and lost one to Stillwater because they didn't.

Last Tuesday, Hastings beat White Bear Lake, 5-2.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game," said head coach Jeff Corkish. "White Bear is pretty deep."

The Bears have at least one strong player who can get in there and control the game if no one stops her, Corkish said.

"She was tough, but our kids absolutely outworked them," he said.

The key to the game was the full-team effort Hastings players put on the ice.

"It was just a total effort. Everybody was anticipating really well, supporting really well," Corkish said.

The girls were able to take away time and space from White Bear Lake, did a good job crashing the net, got the puck in deep, stopped the feet of the defenders, and scored a couple power play goals.

"That's what we talked about and they did it consistently," Corkish said.

White Bear Lake is similar to Hastings in that neither team has incredible speed, Corkish said, but they both have depth and can score.

"They have enough skill, they can kill you," he said.

The Raiders scored the first three goals. First was Jackie Stark, assisted by Kaitlin Stark, at 11:57 into the first period. The second goal came from Hannah Simons, assisted by Josie Stepan and Natalie Simons 1:02 into the second period. At 8:11 into the second, Courtney Boucher scored a short-handed, unassisted goal.

White Bear Lake rallied in the second period, scoring its two power-play goals within a minute and a half of each other.

Hastings wrapped it up in the third with a power play goal from Mackenzie Klimek with an assist from Natalie Simons at 7:42 into the third, and Boucher finished it off with a second unassisted goal at 15:52 into the third.

Hastings made 26 shots on goal, and White Bear Lake made 27.

Vs. Stillwater

Tuesday the Raiders were at home to face Stillwater, one of the top teams in the state. Hastings beat the Ponies last year and tied them a couple years before that, Corkish said.

"And I think we had a really good chance of beating them (Tuesday) night."

At first, the girls looked good.

"In the first period, we dominated them," Corkish said.

They were doing everything right again and the two teams were tied at one at the end of the first period. After that, it went downhill.

"We were just flat the second and third period," Corkish said. "We absolutely forgot how to play the game."

In the second period, Stillwater out-shot Hastings 3-1 and scored two more goals. But in the third, Hastings picked it up. The girls scored again, but so did Stillwater. The Raiders lost, 4-2.

Hastings made 24 shots on goal and Stillwater made 34.

The first goal came from Brittney Huneke with assists from Klimek and Jackie Stark, a power-play goal at 15:51 into the first period. The second was another power-play goal by Hannah Simons with an assist from Stepan at 13:54 into the third period.

The Raiders next game is Friday night at home against Cretin-Derham Hall.