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Hudson senior Emerson Korum is stopped by Somerset goalie Jordan Langness on a breakaway attempt late in the first period of the Raider boys' hockey team's 5-2 loss to the Spartans last Saturday afternoon in Somerset.

Night and day for boys' skaters; Rout Menomonie before losing to Somerset

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Two games, two very different results for the Raider boys' hockey team.

After blowing out Menomonie, 8-1, at the Dunn County Arena last Tuesday night, the Raiders allowed three early goals and couldn't recover in a 5-2 loss Saturday afternoon in Somerset.

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Hudson, now 2-2 overall, 1-0 in the Big Rivers Conference, hosted Rice Lake (3-2, 2-0) this past Tuesday and will visit Eau Claire Memorial (1-2-1, 1-1-0), Thursday, Dec. 13 before returning home to host Chippewa Falls (2-1, 1-0) Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

Head coach Brooks Lockwood said the Raiders played within their system and controlled the tempo of play in last Tuesday's 8-1 win at Menomonie.

"When our team plays the right way, winning 50/50 battles, blocking shots, finishing our checks, etcetera, we can be a very good team, as the result indicated," he said.

Emerson Korum and Daniel Tripicchio scored two goals apiece in the victory while AJ Romanoski tallied three assists.

Michael Hommes scored the first of four first period goals for the Raiders just over two minutes into the game, assisted by Korum and August Nuutinen. Tripicchio netted his first goal 77 seconds later, assisted by Korum and Hommes, before Menomonie scored its only goal of the game at the 6:48 mark.

Adam Lipps' power play goal at 7:11, assisted by Tripicchio and Romanoski, made it a 3-1 game before Korum gave the Raiders a three-goal lead with under two minutes remaining in the period, assisted by Henry Brose.

Tripicchio and Korum both picked up their second goals in the second period with Romanoski and Nuutinen assisting on Tripicchio's tally and Hommes helping on Korum's goal. Brandon Dyke and Wyatt Dove added third period goals with assists from Iver Baribeau, Romanoski, Parker Shefveland and Jordan Carranza.

Josh Mattis finished with 11 saves as the Raiders outshot the Mustangs, 47-12.

Saturday the Raiders found themselves on the short end of an early 3-0 score as Somerset scored three times in the first eight minutes and held on for the 5-2 victory.

"To Somerset's credit, they are a very strong team that just doesn't have a ton of depth based on their numbers," Lockwood said. "They are the type of team that you can't give up an early lead to, which is what we did. We gave them three goals early in the first and they just hung back the rest of the game."

Nuutinen and Brose accounted for the Raider goals with Hommes assisting on both. Mac Alboreo and Mattis combined to make 24 saves as the Raiders outshot the Spartans, 36-29.

Somerset improved to 6-1 on the season with its only loss a 4-1 setback to Menomonie Nov. 24.

"I think we got away from what makes us a good team and we were not prepared to play a team that was hungry for a big win," Lockwood said. "We have a target on our backs as Hudson, and every team we play is going to give us their best effort. We have to match the intensity in the future and play within our systems to be successful. I think the team understands that and we have great leadership on our team that will allow us to bounce back."

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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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