As underdogs go, Hastings was a pretty big one entering the championship game of the South St. Paul Premier Tournament Friday.
"In years past we would come into this tournament and people would count us out," said Raiders forward Jager Kendall. "I would bet they did that this year, too.
"But we shocked them."
And it was Kendall who flipped the switch, scoring with 5 minutes, 29 seconds left in regulation to lift Hastings to a 4-3 victory over Eagan, resulting in the Raiders' first tournament title after advancing to the championship game for the first time since back-to-back appearances in 1995-96.
Jager Kendall scored with 5:29 left in the third period to lift Hastings to a 4-3 victory over Eagan in the championship game of the South St. Paul Premier Tournament held at Doug Woog Arena on Friday afternoon.
The Raiders used three power-play goals to fuel their fourth straight win. What's more, the victory earned Hastings (8-2, 5-1) its first title in the tournament.
Nolan Conzemius, Jack Klimek and Isaac Flynn netted power-play goals for the Raiders, while sophomore goaltender Tyler McCarville finished with 39 saves.
Eagan (7-3, 4-1) got even-strength goals from Eli Dolney and Jonny Meiers, as well as a short-handed marker by Nick Sherek.
Derek Manzella finished with 14 saves for the Wildcats.
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