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Raiders win a tough one; mourn loss of former teammate Taylor Casey

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It was a difficult week in the locker room for the Raider boys’ hockey team last week, but the Raiders channeled their grief over losing a former teammate into a 3-0 victory at Red Wing in Saturday.

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Former Raider Taylor Casey was killed in a one-car accident near New Richmond on New Year’s Day. Casey, a 2012 Hudson High School graduate, was a forward on the team who helped the Raiders reach the WIAA regional semifinals his senior season.

“There were plenty of tears and some time to reflect on what is really important,” Raider head coach Brooks Lockwood said. “The Hudson hockey program, from the youth to the high school level, is a very tight group. We spend so much time at that rink, you definitely develop a sense of family up there. We lost someone that was very close to many members of that extended family. It was tough.”

The Raiders leaned on each other to deal with Casey’s death, then just three days later put together one of their best games of the season at Red Wing.

“I was really proud of how our kids focused on the task at hand and did our jobs in every end of the ice,” Lockwood said. “We played very well five-on-five and we limited their opportunities on the power play.”

After a scoreless first period that saw the Raiders outshoot the Wingers, 11-2, junior Adam Lipps got the Raiders going with his team-leading eighth goal of the season 28 seconds into the second period with assists from Parker Shefveland and Wyatt Dove.

The Raiders took a 2-0 lead at the 8:41 mark of the second following a great effort by Charlie Singerhouse on the fore check to get the puck to Matt Fall. Carter Schuett also earned an assist on the play.

Shefveland made the final 3-0 with an empty-net goal late in the third and Mac Alboreo stopped all 12 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season. Hudson finished with a 36-12 advantage in shots on goal.

“It was one of the best games we have played defensively all season,” Lockwood said. “The ice was pretty clean on our side throughout the game. We didn't give them much. We only gave up twelve shots all game so you know our guys are focused on playing sound in all ends.”

Lockwood pointed to senior defenseman Jack Cernohous and Alboreo as spearheading the strong defensive effort.

“Jack Cernohous continues to be dominant on the back end for us and is really taking hold of the position,” the coach stated. “Mac Alboreo came up with every save we needed and got another shutout.  To Red Wing's credit they did a great job on our second chance opportunities and their goalie played great.”

The Raiders return to Big Rivers Conference action when they host River Falls this Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at Gornick Arena. The game is the first of six straight home games for Hudson. They will take on New Richmond Saturday, Jan. 11, and Eau Claire North Tuesday, Jan. 14, before hosting Cedarburg in their “Facing off Against Cancer” game Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m.

T-shirts and bracelets will be sold at the game and people can pay to write the name of someone that know who has been affected by cancer on a puck that will line the rink. Donations for the fight against cancer will be accepted with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hudson.

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