Raider boys skate to big win over Superior
Hudson’s boys hockey team solidified its chances for a No. 1 sectional seed by knocking off perennial state power Superior, 4-1, last Saturday, Feb. 1, at Gornick Arena.
Parker Shefveland scored two goals and the Raiders closed the game with three unanswered scores to improve to 14-1-2 overall.
“That’s a good step forward for this program,” Raider coach Brooks Lockwood said. “I don’t know the last time we’ve beaten Superior.”
The sectional seeding meeting is this Sunday night for the playoffs, which begin with games either Thursday or Friday, Feb. 20-21.
“The most important thing is to get that last chance,” Lockwood said about earning the top seed. “Getting to match lines and dictate matchups is big.”
Hudson opened the scoring last Saturday 3 minutes, 45 seconds into the game when Iver Baribeau put home a rebound of a shot by A.J. Romanoski.
The Spartans scored the only goal of the second period to tie the score, but Hudson scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put the game away.
Lockwood said he liked the way his team responded after the Spartans tied the score.
“When Superior scored they just stuck to the process and got the puck on net like we asked,” he said.
Shefveland gave the Raiders the lead for good with an unassisted goal just five minutes into the third period before Carter Schuett scored with an assist from Trey LaBarge a few minutes later. Shefveland iced the game with another unassisted goal later in the period.
Lockwood said the Raiders didn’t play their best game, and credited goalie Cody Hepfler, who finished with 14 saves, with stepping up in the win.
“We had a few breakdowns in the defensive zone, but the bottom line was our goalie was better than their goalie,” the coach said. “Cody played really well.”
Earlier in the week the Raiders crossed the border and came home with a 4-3 victory from Rosemount, Minn.
“That was a tough win for us,” Lockwood said. “They play in a tough conference so that says a lot.”
Charlie Singerhouse opened the scoring, assisted by Ariez Sime, before Sime gave Hudson a 2-0 first period lead with assists from Romanoski and Baribeau.
Rosemount scored the only goal of the second period and tied the game early in the third before back-to-back goals by Wyatt Dove and Singerhouse gave Hudson a 4-2 lead. Singerhouse and Baribeau assisted on the goal by Dove while Shefveland and Jack Cernohous assisted on Singerhouse’s score.
Rosemount scored with just over a minute remaining but Raider goalie Mac Alboreo finished with 17 saves to record the win.
Lockwood said it’s important for the Raiders to be successful in their nonconference games against Minnesota opponents, and pointed to Superior’s record against Northern Minnesota teams in the past as an example.
“It adds legitimacy to our program,” he said. “We’re always trying to schedule up; that’s what makes us better.”
Lockwood said he thinks the Raiders are still figuring out just how good they are.
“I think the more experience you get in big games, the better you become,” he said. “Our guys are experiencing that now and becoming more comfortable.”
The Raiders had a big game at Eau Claire Memorial this past Tuesday. The Old Abes handed the Raiders their only loss of the season, 2-1, back on Dec. 19. Hudson, Eau Claire Memorial and Rice Lake all have just one conference loss heading into the final stretch of the season.
The Raiders will host Chippewa Falls (11-6-1, 2-4-1) this Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. and travel to Wausau West (13-4-0) for a nonconference game Saturday, Feb. 8.