The Hastings girls' hockey team won their only game of the week against North/Tartan, 4-1, at home during Senior Night. The Raiders' four goals tied the season-high. Hastings is now 6-15-1 overall and 5-4 in conference, which is good for third in the Metro East Conference.
The Raiders jumped on North/Tartan right away and scored two goals in the first period. Lauren Tix scored just over four minutes into the game, assisted by Erika McDonald. The second goal came from Taylor Larson in the middle of the period, her first goal of the season, and she was assisted by Alexa Harrington and Tix.
The second period was scoreless but in the third North/Tartan scored their only goal, though that was all they managed. Harrington scored on an empty net, assisted by Rachel Klimek and Madelyn Junker, and the Raiders' fourth goal came from Junker with help from Samantha Benson and Harrington.
Head coach Josh Colvin said his team really stepped up their game for the special night.
"Friday night against Tartan we honored five seniors: captain Lauren Tix, Erika McDonald, Rachel Klimek, Alexa Harrington and Nicole Neuman," Colvin said. "They responded with their most complete effort since the opening game against Mahtomedi. On Senior Night (the seniors) tallied two goals and five assists."
The Raiders outshot North/Tartan 31-16 and goalie Alayna Kunshier had 15 saves.
Harrington leads the Raiders with seven goals scored this season, but behind her are three players tied with five goals apiece (Junker, Klimek and McDonald), which goes to show how balanced the team's scoring has been all season. Layna Connell leads the team with 10 assists and in points with 13. Behind her are Klimek and Harrington with 12 points.
Hastings has just three games left before the playoffs begin.
"The win over North/Tartan puts us in the driver's seat to claim second place in the Metro East Conference if we can pull off wins against Simley and Sibley in the next week," Colvin said.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Raiders host Henry Sibley. The week after, they travel Tuesday, Jan. 31, to Simley, and then the final game of the regular season they play Feb. 2, at home against nonconference opponent Apple Valley. Section playoffs start Wednesday, Feb. 8.