Hockey: Boys Schwan’s Cup consolation champsTaylor Casey’s goal in the third round of a shootout lifted the Raider boys’ hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Orono, Minn., in the consolation championship game of the Bronze Division at the Schwan’s Cup in Blaine, Minn. last Wednesday, Dec. 28.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
Taylor Casey’s goal in the third round of a shootout lifted the Raider boys’ hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Orono, Minn., in the consolation championship game of the Bronze Division at the Schwan’s Cup in Blaine, Minn. last Wednesday, Dec. 28.
The two teams were tied, 3-3, after regulation and an eight-minute overtime and the game will be recorded as a tie in the record books, but tournament guidelines called for the outcome to be decided in a shootout.
Dylan Haskins opened the shootout with a goal before Raider goaltender Josh Mattis stopped Orono’s Gavin Payne. Daniel Tripicchio was thwarted on his second round attempt but Mattis stopped Orono’s Danny Wilson, setting up Casey’s clinching goal.
After a scoreless first period, Hudson found itself trailing 2-0 in the second before Tripicchio cut the deficit in half seven seconds before the end of the period, assisted by Haskins and James Fall.
Orono scored to take a 3-1 lead in the first minute of the third period but Fall closed the gap with a goal at the 7:30 mark, assisted by Josh Dardine, before Dardine tied it up 3-3 with an unassisted goal with six minutes remaining.
After a scoreless overtime period, Hudson outscored Orono 2-0 in the shootout.
Mattis finished with 35 saves as the Raiders outshot Orono, 35-33.
Hudson reached the consolation title game with a 7-1 victory over Sartell, Minn., one day earlier. Haskins had two goals and three assists in the win and Fall had two goals and two assists while Lawrence Pruitt finished with two goals and one assist.
Haskins opened the scoring midway through the first period, assisted by Casey, before Pruitt scored three minutes later with an assist from Haskins. A power-play goal by Casey at the 12:30 mark, assisted by Tripicchio and Fall, put the Raiders up 3-0 after one.
Fall made it a 4-0 game at the 1:47 mark of the second, assisted by Haskins and Pruitt. Sartell scored its only goal of the game with less than four minutes remaining in the period but just 11 seconds later Fall scored, assisted by A.J. Romanoski, to extend the Raider lead to 5-1.
Goals by Haskins, unassisted, and Pruitt, assisted by Haskinsand Fall, in the third period, made the final 7-1.
Raider goaltender Matt Strachota finished with 13 saves as Hudson outshot Sartell, 24-14.
The Raiders dropped their opening game at the Schwan’s Cup, 4-2, to Mounds View, Minn., last Monday.
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.
The Raiders travel to Eau Claire North for a Big Rivers Conference contest Thursday, Jan. 5, before returning home to host Chippewa Falls on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.