Raiders girls' hockey bounces back with two straight wins
The Hastings Raiders girls' hockey team bounced back with two wins the week before Thanksgiving after starting the season 0-2. The Raiders beat Northfield at home 3-1 on Nov. 15, and then traveled to Chisago Lakes on Nov. 17, where they won 4-2. Hastings is now 2-2 and continues its non-conference schedule as they hosted Apple Valley on Tuesday and then travel to Dodge County on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The Raiders got out to a 2-0 lead against Northfield after two periods with goals by junior Jailyn Munson (assisted by senior MacKenzie Putnam) in the first period and senior Hannah Hubbart (assisted by Munson) in the second. Northfield got on the board in the third period to cut Hastings' lead to 2-1, but then senior Sam Benson scored an empty-net goal after Northfield pulled their goalie for the 3-1 final. Hastings outshot Northfield 33-23 but continued to struggle on power plays, going 0-for-3.
Hastings won their first road game of the season at Chisago Lakes after a big second period. Hubbart had a hat trick for the game, scoring the only goal of the first period to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead (assisted by sophomore Jaida Hanson) and back-to-back goals in the second period to extend their lead to 3-1. Her second goal came with help from Munson and senior Addie Buck, while the second was assisted by Benson and sophomore Lexi Ramsbacher. Hanson scored unassisted to extend the Raiders' lead to 4-1 before Chisago Lakes scored midway through the third period and 4-2 was the final.
Head coach Josh Colvin said that Hubbart's hat trick exemplifies how the Raiders need to be generating offense, as all three of them came from Hubbart getting in front of the net on hard-fought plays. He also said that while the Raiders' power plays have improved, in that they are not giving up the short-handed goals they did last season, there is still a lot of work left to do.