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Hudson senior forward Zach Beinlich is challenged by a trio of Somerset defenders as he carries the puck across the blue line in the first period of the Raiders' 2-1 loss to the Spartans Saturday at Gornick Arena. Earlier in the week the Raiders defeated Menomonie 6-3. Bob Burrows photo

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Raider boys' hockey coach Mike Stoskopf said the Raiders played hard in five of the six periods they played last week.

That was good enough to post a 6-3 Big Rivers Conference victory at Menomonie Thursday, but it cost the Raiders in their 2-1 loss to Somerset Saturday at home.

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"Against Menomonie we played real hard for three periods," Stoskopf said about the Raiders' six-goal outburst, their highest scoring game of the season. "When the puck goes in the net, it just feels like you're playing well. Against Somerset we played hard for two periods and that wasn't enough because their goalie was hot."

Hudson, 4-11-0 overall, 2-6-0 in the BRC, hosted River Falls Tuesday night and will have a week off before traveling to Rice Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Last Thursday at Menomonie, Hudson jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the second period before the Indians scored three times to pull to within a goal four minutes into the third. But two unanswered goals by Hudson, coupled with some key saves in net by Matt Strachota, gave the Raiders the 6-3 victory.

Beau Hommes finished with two goals, one on a power play, and added an assist in the win while Ryan Dau had a goal and two assists and Adam Dardine and Spencer Korum had a goal and assist each.

Phil McSorley had the other Raider goal while Evan Huseboe had three assists and Steven Burke and Evan Zik one apiece. Strachota finished with 17 saves as the Raiders outshot the Indians 33-20.

Saturday at home against Somerset, Zik gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead a minute into the game when he picked off a pass and sent an off-balance wrister from the left circle past Spartan goalie Dylan Rivard for an unassisted goal on Hudson's first shot of the game.

Somerset tied the game with a power play goal less than two minutes later and Rivard finished with 24 saves as Somerset escaped with a 2-1 win.

Hudson outshot Somerset 25-19. Luke Kishel started in goal for Hudson and made six saves through the first two periods while Strachota had 11 saves in the third.

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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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