Hastings senior Chase Freiermuth scored on a tumbling slide toward the net early in the first period of a 10-1 victory over Northfield. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Hastings had no problem putting visiting Northfield away in a 10-1 victory Thursday at Hastings Civic Arena.
However, with the regular season winding down, the Raiders (16-4-2, 7-2-0) know the games will only get tougher. In fact, one of Hastings' most important regular-season tests is right around the corner.
The Raiders will visit Lakeville North to start the final week of the regular-season schedule. With both teams belonging to Class 2A, Section 1, the game could mean a lot for postseason confidence.
"Any time you get a chance to play those big schools like that, it is a big game for us," said Hastings coach Adam Welch. "And then with sections, it's going to be a good test for us to see if we can play with those types of teams and compete."
Hastings junior forward Kyle Bauer poked the puck past Northfield goalie Cal Frank to complete the scoring in a 10-1 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Hastings' scoring power was one display again Thursday.
The Raiders offense, averaging more than five goals a game this season, piled on even more in a 10-1 victory over Northfield (13-9-0, 11-2-0) at home Thursday. Jonathon Peine and Chase Freiermuth each scored three goals for the Raiders (16-4-2, 7-2-0) in the runaway victory.
Leading 3-0 after 17 minutes, Hastings put the game away with a four-goal second period. Teague Nelson scored Northfield's lone goal early in the second period, which cut Hastings' lead to 3-1 at the time.
Northfield goal Cal Frank (30) knocked away a second-period shot by Hastings' Kyle Bauer (6). Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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