Hockey: Raider boys pile it on
The Raider boys' hockey team is riding a wave of goals into the postseason.
The Raiders erupted for 17 goals in their final two games of the regular season last week, rocking Chippewa Falls, 7-1, on the road last Tuesday before hitting double-digits in a 10-0 home shutout Thursday over Eau Claire North.
Hudson ended the regular season with a record of 11-8-1 overall (8-4-0 in the Big Rivers Conference) and earned the No. 3 seed in the 11-team WIAA regional bracket. They will face the winner of Tuesday night's game between No. 6 Amery and No. 11 Baldwin-Woodville this Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at Gornick Arena. The winner advances to the sectional semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Last Tuesday at Chippewa Falls, the Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period before the Raiders poured in seven unanswered goals in a 7-1 Hudson victory. The victory vaulted the Raiders over the Cardinals (7-4-1) and into third place in the final BRC standings.
Taylor Casey started the Raider comeback at the 9:22 mark of the first period before Daniel Tripicchio put Hudson ahead for good with eight seconds left in the opening frame.
Hudson went on to score three more goals in the second period and two more in the third while holding the Cardinals scoreless the rest of the way.
When the dust settled, Tripicchio had a hat trick and three assists and Dylan Haskins had two goals and two assists. Casey finished with a goal and an assist and David Kein had a goal while A.J. Romanoski had two assists and James Fall and Lawrence Pruitt tallied one each.
Raider goalie Josh Mattis finished with 21 saves as Hudson outshot Chippewa Falls, 37-22.
Thursday at home against Eau Claire North, 14 different Raiders recorded at least one point in a 10-0 blanking of the Huskies.
Haskins had a hat trick and two assists and Casey had two goals and one assist while Tripicchio added a goal and two assists. Spencer Korum, Pruitt, Romanoski and Ben Lewis contributed a goal apiece while Fall had two assists and Josh Dardine, Kein, Charlie Singerhouse, August Nuutinen, Henry Brose and Mike Hommes finished with one assist each.
Matt Strachota recorded six saves in the shutout as the Raiders outshot the Huskies, 60-6. Hudson scored three goals in each of the first two periods and four in the third.