Boys’ skaters upended twiceThe Raider boys’ hockey team outshot a pair of opponents last week but couldn’t pick up a victory in either game. Last Tuesday the Raiders dropped a 7-4 decision at New Richmond despite doubling the Tigers’ shots-on-goal total, and Thursday they fell to Eau Claire Memorial, 3-2.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider boys’ hockey team outshot a pair of opponents last week but couldn’t pick up a victory in either game.
Last Tuesday the Raiders dropped a 7-4 decision at New Richmond despite doubling the Tigers’ shots-on-goal total. Thursday they fell to No. 8 ranked Eau Claire Memorial, 3-2, after outshooting the Old Abes 29-23.
Hudson returned to action this past Tuesday, Dec. 13 at home against Menomonie and will visit River Falls this Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. They return home top host Rice Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at Gornick Arena.
Last Tuesday at New Richmond, the Raiders outshot the Tigers 42-21 but came out on the short end of a 7-4 score.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Nate Jones at the four minute mark of the first period before Hudson tied the score on a goal by Dylan Haskins, assisted by James Fall, less than three minutes before the first intermission.
The Tigers took a penalty 47 seconds into the second period and it took Hudson just nine seconds to get a power play goal from Lawrence Pruitt for a 2-1 Raider lead. Josh Dardine earned an assist on the play.
New Richmond later scored three goals in a span of less than two minutes to take a 4-2 lead after two.
The Raiders came out with two quick goals in the third period to tie the score 4-4. The first came off the stick of Ben Lewis at the 3:31 mark, assisted by Greg Berg, and the other by Jake Quade at 4:55, assisted by Pruitt and Mike Hommes.
But New Richmond took the lead for good on Jones’ fourth goal of the game at the 5:28 mark, and tacked on two more before the end of the period to make the final 7-4.
Raider goaltender Matt Strachota finished with 14 saves in the loss. Hudson was 1-for-6 on the power play while New Richmond was 1-for-3.
Thursday in the home opener against Eau Claire Memorial, Daniel Tripicchio gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead just 1:16 into the game but the Old Abes scored the next three goals and hung on for a 3-2 victory.
Tripicchio’s early goal was assisted by Hommes and Pruitt. Memorial came back to tie the score 1-1 at the end of one. They scored twice in the first 5:14 of the second period to take a 3-1 lead before Haskins netted a power play goal at the 12:49 mark of the third, assisted by Steven Burke, to make the final 3-2.
Both teams were 1-for-2 on the power play while Strachota finished with 20 saves.