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Hudson’s Brian Mackley (12) tries to push a rebound past Eau Claire Memorial goalie Nick Schreiter in the Raiders’ Big Rivers Conference showdown with the Old Abes last Thursday at Gornick Arena. Eau Claire Memorial scored just over four minutes into overtime to escape with a 2-1 win. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Bob Burrows)

Hudson boys hockey team rebounds from loss to Memorial to defeat New Richmond

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Hudson boys hockey team rebounds from loss to Memorial to defeat New Richmond
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The Raider boys’ hockey team bounced back from a tough, 2-1 overtime loss to third-ranked Eau Claire Memorial on Dec. 19 to beat New Richmond, 6-4, Dec. 21 in a game with big sectional seeding implications.

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Saturday’s win improved the Raiders’ record to 4-1-1 overall and makes them 2-0-1 against sectional opponents.

“It was a big win for us in terms of our sectional standing at the end of the season,” head coach Brooks Lockwood said. “I don't think we have had a win in that barn in a long time. It was a good step for our program.”

Hudson scored five unanswered goals to erase a 3-1 first period deficit and earn the win. Six different Raiders had a goal in the game and four players had multiple points.

“New Richmond had a great effort and they took the momentum away from us for a bit,” Lockwood said. “We started to make things happen individually and fortunately, we had a great effort from the line of (Bradley) Jacobson, (Iver) Baribeau, and (Ariez) Sime. Ariez Sime was winning battles all over the ice and it turned into a couple goals which helped us stay in control of the game late.”

New Richmond scored twice in the opening 3 minutes, 28 seconds before Adam Lipps cut the Raider deficit in half at the 8:06 mark, assisted by AJ Romanoski and Wyatt Dove.

The Tigers regained a two-goal lead just over two minutes later, but the Raiders closed the period with back-to-back goals by Tanner Hanson and Dove less than two minutes apart.

Hansen’s goal came at the 13:41 mark, with assists from Charlie Singerhouse and Carter Schuett, while Dove found the back of the net at 15:26 with an assist from Romanoski.

Sime had the only goal of the third period, assisted by linemate Baribeau 1:10 into the period to give Hudson its first lead of the game, 4-3.

Singerhouse extended the lead to 5-3 with an unassisted goal 24 seconds into the third period and Baribeau made it a 6-3 game with an unassisted goal at the 6:21 mark. The Tigers crept closer with a goal with just over four minutes remaining but that’s as close as they could get.

Raider goalie Mac Alboreo finished with 22 saves as the Raiders outshot the Tigers, 28-26.

Two nights earlier Gornick Arena was packed as the defending BRC champion Raiders hosted the defending state champion Old Abes.

The only goals for both teams in regulation came in the second period, with Lipps netting a power play goal with assists from Matt Fall and Parker Shefveland to account for the Raider score.

“We had a tremendous effort from our goaltender Mac Alboreo,” Lockwood said. “He definitely helped us out on the back end and made it difficult for the other team to gain momentum. It was also great to see our power play unit get on the board and get us back to even.”

After a scoreless third period that saw both teams with a pair of power play opportunities, Eau Claire Memorial’s Jacob Bresser gathered up a loose puck and scored an unassisted goal 4:28 into overtime to give the Old Abes the win.

Alboreo finished with 26 saves as both teams had 28 shots on goal.

“Obviously it was a very tough loss but it shows us that we are right there with some of the top teams in the state,” Lockwood said. “Now it’s our job as a staff to make sure that the kids recognize that, but also recognize that we still have some opportunities for improvement that should get us the results we want at the end of the season. If we want a share of the conference championship we will just have to take it at their barn and I think our guys will be ready when we play them again.”

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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