Warriors nip Raider boys in OTThe Raider boys’ hockey team got a power play goal from Dylan Haskins midway through the third period to force overtime, but Rice Lake’s Cody Novinska’s second goal of the game in the final minute of the extra session allowed the Warriors to escape with a 3-2 Big Rivers Conference victory last Tuesday at Gornick Arena.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider boys’ hockey team got a power play goal from Dylan Haskins midway through the third period to force overtime, but Rice Lake’s Cody Novinska’s second goal of the game in the final minute of the extra session allowed the Warriors to escape with a 3-2 Big Rivers Conference victory last Tuesday at Gornick Arena.
Haskins’ power play goal at the 9:46 mark of the third was assisted by Steven Burke and James Fall and tied the score, 2-2. Novinska’s goal at the 7:06 mark of overtime won the game for Rice Lake.
The loss evened the Raiders’ BRC record at 2-2-0 (4-3-0 overall) heading into this week’s Schwan’s Cup in Blaine, Minn.
After a scoreless opening period last Tuesday, Novinska put the Warriors on the scoreboard 51 seconds into the second period.
Hudson responded at the 5:37 mark of the second when Greg Berg came off the bench on a shift change and took a pass from Fall behind the Warrior defense. Berg skated in alone on Warrior goaltender Mark Hayton and lifted a bullet over Hayton’s left shoulder and into the upper corner of the net to tie the score, 1-1. Josh Dardine also earned an assist on the goal.
Rice Lake took a 2-1 lead with 44 seconds left in the second period on a goal by Spencer Dorrance. The Warriors’ Zach Tomesh was whistled for a tripping penalty at the 8:43 mark of the third, leading to Haskins’ game-tying power-play goal just over a minute later.
Hudson goaltender Josh Mattis finished with 17 saves as the Raiders outshot the Warriors, 30-17, including 5-2 in the overtime session.
Drop Schwan’s Cup opener
Mounds View scored two goals in the final five minutes to snap a 2-2 tie and defeat the Raiders, 4-2, in the opener of the Schwan’s Cup Monday at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.
All the scoring in the game came in the third period, starting with a Mounds View goal at the 4:15 mark.
Hudson tied the score on a goal by Haskins at 8:29, assisted by Fall, before Mounds View responded less than two minutes later to take a 2-1 lead.
August Nuutinen made it a 2-2 game at the 10:54 mark, assisted by Henry Brose, but Mounds View scored the final two goals of the game to record the 4-2 win.
Mattis finished with 19 saves for Hudson as Mounds View outshot the Raiders, 23-8.
Hudson faced Sartell, 3-0 losers to Champlin Park, in a consolation round game Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m. A Raider win would send them to the consolation championship game Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m.