Hastings boys and girls hockey both split home and away games
The Hastings boys and girls hockey teams both went 1-1 this last week. The boys stayed at .500 on the season with a win at home against Henry Sibley and a loss on the road at Bloomington Jefferson. Meanwhile, the girls also won their home game against North St. Paul/Tartan before losing at Mahtomedi.
A tale of two games
The Hastings boys hockey team was on both sides of lopsided outcomes this past week as they beat Henry Sibley at Hastings Civic Arena 5-1 on Thursday, Dec. 7, and then were shut out at Bloomington Jefferson 8-0. With the win and loss, the Raiders are 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Metro East Conference, which puts them in a tie for third.
Hastings jumped on the Henry Sibley Warriors earlier as junior Logan Boogren scored just over six minutes into the first period. The Raiders scored two more goals in the first courtesy of seniors Morgan Sweeney and Michael Quinn (assisted by sophomore Alex Foster).
Leading 3-0 going in the second period, Hastings blew the game open with two more goals in the second, coming once again from Boogren and Quinn. From there, the game began to get a bit chippy as both sides racked up penalties and the Henry Sibley fans voiced their displeasure. While the Warriors were able to get one goal in the third to spoil the shutout, Hastings won 5-1 and senior goalie Scott Tuin had 23 saves in the win.
However, two days later the Raiders were on the other side of a route as they fell to Bloomington Jefferson 8-0. Jefferson came out hot and scored five goals in the first period, followed by two in the second and one in the third.
Hastings hosts North St. Paul on Thursday, Dec. 14, and then travel to Mahtomedi on Saturday, Dec. 16.
A close win and a shutout
The Hastings girls faced almost the same circumstances as they boys, just not quite as extreme. They beat North St. Paul/Tartan at home on Tuesday, Dec. 5, by a score of 3-1 in a game that was close until the Raiders put it away in the third period. They then traveled to Mahtomedi on Friday, Dec. 8, where they were shutout 3-0. With the split, the girls are now 3-7-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the MEC, which is also good for a tie for third.
In the win over North St. Paul/Tartan, North scored the first goal just under six minutes into the first period. However, Hastings responded very quickly by scoring 20 seconds later thanks to senior Laynee Connell (assisted by senior Josie Kummer and freshman Jaida Hanson). Less than three minutes alter, the Raiders took the lead on a goal from sophomore Taylor Larson with help from juniors Sam Benson and Addie Buck.
They added an insurance goal in the third period from Hanson (assisted by Kummer and junior Libby Judge) to seal the win.
Hastings hosted South St. Paul on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and then goes to Hill-Murray on Friday, Dec. 15.