As underdogs go, Hastings was a pretty big one entering the championship game of the South St. Paul Premier boys' hockey tournament at Doug Woog Arena on Friday night.
"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 5:29 left in regulation to lift Hastings to a 4-3 victory over Eagan, resulting in the Raiders' first tournament title.
Nolan Conzemius, Jack Klimek and Isaac Flynn also scored for the Raiders. Eli Dolney and Jonny Meiers scored for the Wildcats.
In the third-place game, Kevin O'Connor scored with 43 seconds left in the third period to give Woodbury a 2-1 victory over St. Paul Johnson. O'Connor also scored in the first period to get the Royals on the scoreboard first. Blayde Pogreba scored in the second period for the Governors.
Hockey for Life Classic: Adam Eisele and Wyatt Wasko scored in the third period to lift Stillwater to a 3-1 victory over Lakeville North
Schwan's Cup: In a matchup between two top 10 teams in Class 2A, No. 2 ranked Blake beat No. 5 Andover 4-3 in the Gold Division Championship at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. In the second period, Blake got out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Lily Delianedis and Izzy Daniel. The Huskies then scored three in a row. Peyton Hemp scored a power play followed by two goals from Gabby Krause. Adelaide Burton tied the score for Blake with less than four minutes to play. Madeline Wethington scored the game winning goal for the Bears on a shot from the blue line with 1:12 left to play. ... Danielle Burgen scored three goals and had four assists to lead Chisago Lakes past Marshall 8-0 in the championship game of the American Division at Ridder Arena.
Louis Schmitz Classic: Ava Patnode made 22 saves to guide Simley to a 1-0 victory over Eastview at the Schmitz-Maki Arena in Farmington. Olivia Juers scored the game's lone goal with assists from Molly Illetschko and Jordan Juers.
Hoop City Classic: Andrew Irvin's three-pointer at the buzzer lifted Class 3A, No. 1 DeLaSalle to a 63-62 victory over Mountain Brook (Ala.) at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. Tyrell Terry led the Islanders with 38 points. Colby Jones' three-pointer with five seconds remaining had given Mountain Brook a two-point lead.
Rochester Rotary Bracket 3: Rochester John Marshall's Matthew Hurt scored 33 points to surpass 3,000 points for his career in a 69-48 victory over Lake City at Mayo Civic Center. He moved past Jake Sullivan of Tartan for ninth place on the state's boys all-time scoring list with 3,029 points. He also had 11 rebounds in the game.