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Girls hockey drops first two games to section opponents

Junior Libby Judge brings the puck down the ice during Hastings' game against Park. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Junior Sam Benson looks to pass on the wing during the Raiders' loss to the Park Wolfpack in their season opener. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Hastings girls' hockey team opened its regular season against two section opponents this past week. The Raiders hosted Park of Cottage Grove on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Hastings Civic Arena and fell 4-2 in a game that was close until near the very end. Then on Saturday, Hastings traveled to Apple Valley where they lost 6-2 after leading 2-0.

The Raiders opened the scoring in the game against the Wolfpack with a goal from junior Maddie Junker, assisted by sophomore Taylor Larson. Park then tied the game at one apiece to end the first period. The Wolfpack then scored two more goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead before sophomore Jailyn Munson pulled Hastings within one on an unassisted goal. However, Park added an empty-net goal at the end of the game to win 4-2.

Against Apple Valley, Hastings scored two power-play goals in the second half of the first period courtesy of senior Callie McNary (assisted by junior Lexi True and freshman Jaida Hanson) and Hanson (assisted by Larson). However, the Eagles scored two unanswered goals in the second period and four more in the third to win 6-2.

Hastings hosted Woodbury on Tuesday, Nov. 14. They travel to East Ridge on Thursday, Nov. 16, and then Eagan comes calling on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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