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Big penalties hurt Raiders boys hockey team

The good news is that when Hastings was played even-strength with White Bear Lake and Cretin-Derham Hall, the Raiders were right in both boys hockey games.

The bad news is that too often, Hastings wasn’t playing even-strength.

With the Raiders trailing 4-2 against White Bear Lake on Thursday, Dec. 5, the team took a five-minute penalty.

White Bear went on to score three goals over that five minute power play. Hastings lost 7-2.

On Saturday, Hastings trailed 1-0 in the second period against Cretin-Derham Hall. A Hastings player went to the penalty box for five minutes, and C-DH went on to score two quick goals.

“They’re both good teams,” coach Russ Welch said. “We have to be smarting than that. For us to be in games like that, we have to stay out of the box.”

Against White Bear, Hastings fell behind 1-0 in the first period after giving up a power play goal. Three minutes into the second period, the Bears scored again to go up 2-0.

Hastings countered with a goal at 10:54 by Matt Flynn, assisted by Austin Schlander.

But, at 15:05, White Bear scored another power play goal to go up 3-1.

Another power play goal by the Bears at 1:32 of the third period made the game 4-1.

Sam Otto scored at 5:54 of the third period, assisted by Ryan Tix and Jacob Cooper, to make the score 4-2.

Shortly after that goal is when the Raiders took the five minute penalty for checking from behind. White Bear got goals at 9:38, 11:03 and 11:23 to put the game away.

“The game was closer than the score indicates,” Welch said. “We struggled in our penalty kill, and White Bear had a good power play. That was disappointing.”

In all, six of the seven White Bear goals came on the power play.

Tyler Woyke played in goal for Hastings. He made 19 saves on 26 shots.

Hastings had 15 shots on goal.

Vs Cretin

Against Cretin, Hastings fell behind at 5:37 of the first period on an even strength goal.

The game remained scoreless until Hastings took a five-minute penalty in the second period. At 3:21, Cretin scored its first power play goal. At 3:56, they scored again. All of a sudden, Hastings trailed 3-0.

“That took us right out of the game,” Welch said.

Welch said that he was encouraged by the play of the Hastings defense in the game.

“I thought our whole defensive unit played pretty well,” he said.

Matt Radke played in goal and made 21 saves on 25 shots.

Hastings had 19 shots on goal.