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Hastings edges Forest Lake in overtime, 3-2

The Hastings boys hockey team earned a hard-fought win Thursday night at home against Forest Lake. The Raiders won, 3-2, in overtime.

"We played very well," coach Russ Welch said. "We put a lot of shots on net. It was a great game up and down the rink. I thought both teams played fairly well. In the overtime, we had a huge surge and outshot them 11-3."

The game-winning goal was scored by Jake Caneff on a faceoff.

Welch said Caneff was supposed to block out a Forest Lake player in front of the net. He missed his assignment, but after the draw went to the slot and a shot was fired on net, Caneff was in the perfect spot to put the puck in.

"We were thrilled he missed his guy," Welch said with a laugh.

Hastings fell behind early, as the Rangers scored at 1:13 to go up 1-0.

Hastings countered at 10:02 of the first period when Mikey Junker scored his first varsity goal. His, too, came on a rebound.

In the second period, Hastings went up 2-1 when Bailey Siewert scored, assisted by Brandon Boogren and Sam Otto. His goal came at 12:36.

Forest Lake tied the game early in the third, then Hastings won it in overtime at 7:12. Caneff was assisted in overtime by Siewert and Zach Mellick.

Hastings outshot Forest Lake, 37-23, in the game.

Matt Radke played in goal for Hastings and made 21 saves on 23 shots.

Vs Mounds View

Hastings lost to Mounds View on Saturday, 6-1.

"They scored on their chances and we didn't," Welch said. "We missed the net a lot. The mistakes we made, they capitalized on. That was the difference.

"We look at that one, and we think we beat ourselves. That was the No. 1 thing. The game wasn't as bad as the score looks."

Hastings fell behind 4-0 before they got on the board. Blake Berg scored, assisted by Mellick and Siewert.

Radke played in goal and made 15 saves on 21 shots.

Round No. 2

Hastings just concluded its first round of play in the Suburban East Conference, and the team is 5-4 in league play. Hastings is in fourth place on the year.

Mounds View leads the league with a 7-1-2 record. Cretin-Derham Hall is second at 7-2 and Roseville is third at 5-2-2.

"At the beginning of the season, if you were to say we'd be in the top four halfway through, I'd say that's good," Welch said. "Now, if we can repeat that and do a little bit better, maybe climb into the top three, that'd be great."