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Boys hockey team beats Park, 5-1

Thanks in large part to a 90-second stretch of terrific offense, the Hastings boys hockey team secured a nice 5-1 win over the Park Wolfpack on Thursday night.

Hastings got three goals in those 90 seconds, and each came from a different line. That gave Hastings a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission, and the Raiders didn’t let up.

Hastings scored two more goals in the second period, taking a 5-0 lead before Park managed its only goal.

In the first period, Sam Otto got the party started with a tally at 5:40. He was assisted by Jacob Cooper.

Just eight seconds later, at 5:48, Blake Berg scored, assisted by Colin Shoen.

Then, at 7:06, Mike Junker scored. He was assisted by Matt Flynn and Mark Huneke.

“We were really moving our feet and moving the puck the whole period,” coach Russ Welch said. “We just happened to get all the goals at that time. We played extremely well in the first and second periods.”

Toward the end of the second period and throughout the third period, play was a bit “chippy,” Welch said.

Tyler Woyke played in goal for Hastings. He made 22 saves on 23 shots to get the win.

“He played very well,” Welch said. “He wasn’t challenged tremendously, but he had a nice game.”

Welch was pleased to see such a good all-around game from his team, especially since it came against the club’s rival from Park.

“It was just an overall, good team effort,” he said. “It was just a nice team effort.”

Hastings plays at Forest Lake on Thursday night in the final regular season game of the year.

The section seeding meeting is at noon on Sunday.

Hastings will likely end up around No. 6 or No. 7 in the section. If they are No. 6, they play on the road Thursday, Feb. 20.

If they are No. 7, they play at home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in a play-in game against the No. 10 ranked team.

Cretin-Derham Hall and Eastview will likely be the top two teams. No. 3 and No. 4 will go between St. Thomas Academy and East Ridge.

No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 will go between Hastings, East Ridge and Rosemount.

Hastings has a 10-12-2 record overall. The Raiders are 6-9-2 in league play.

White Bear Lake leads the conference with a 13-3-1 record.