Hastings boys' and girls' hockey teams struggle
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' hockey teams struggled this past week in Metro East Conference play. The two teams combined to go 0-4 and were outscored 32-6 as they faced some of the best teams in the area in Hill-Murray and Mahtomedi. With the losses, the Raider boys are now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the MEC. Meanwhile, the Hastings girls are 3-9 with a 1-4 record in the MEC, which is good for a tie for fifth in the conference.
The Hastings boys lost a close game at home to North St. Paul on Thursday, Dec. 14. The Polars led 1-0 after the first period but the Raiders tied it on a goal from sophomore Leo Otto on the power play, assisted by junior Logan Boogren. However, North St. Paul then scored towards the end of the third period to win 2-1. Senior goalie Scott Tuin had a solid game for the Raiders with 27 saves.
Two days later, Hastings traveled to Mahtomedi where they ran into a buzzsaw. The Zephyrs scored five goals in the first before the Raiders got on the board in the second on a goal by senior John Neuman (assisted by Otto and sophomore Alex Foster). After two periods, Mahtomedi led 7-1 and they scored two more in the third period, matched by a Raider goal from freshman Jonathon Peine (with help from Boogren) and the final was 9-2.
Hastings traveled to Park on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and then host Simley on Thursday, Dec. 21.
The Hastings girls lost by another 9-2 score against South St. Paul and Hastings Civic Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Packers scored three goals in each period, while the Raiders scored in the second (by sophomore Jailyn Munson unassisted) and third (junior Maddie Junker with help from fellow junior Sam Benson and freshman Jaida Hanson).
They then traveled to one of the top programs in the state to take on Hill-Murray and lost 12-1. The Pioneers scored two goals in the first period and then two more to start the second before the Raiders answered. Munson scored her second goal of the week on a power play with help from junior MacKenzie Putnam for Hastings lone goal of the game. Hill-Murray then closed out the second period with eight straight goals to win 12-1.
Hastings next plays Wednesday, Dec. 27, at home against Red Wing before a two-day tournament in Farmington.