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Hudson junior Bonnie Meyer (11) sends a backhand towards the net from the edge of the circle in the first period of the Raider girls' hockey team's 4-1 victory over the Eau Claire/Altoona Stars last Tuesday at John Gornick Arena. Meyer had two goals and an assist in the win. Bob Burrows photo

The Hudson Raiders girls' hockey team opened its Big Rivers conference season with two home victories, 4-1 over Eau Claire/Altoona last Tuesday and 6-3 Saturday over Menomonie, to remain unbeaten on the season.

The Raiders, now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Big Rivers Conference play, hosted Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Dec. 8 and will host Academy of Holy Angels of Richfield, Minn., Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. before beginning an 11-game road stand with a 1 p.m. game at Hayward Saturday, Dec. 12 and a 7 p.m. game at New Richmond on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The Raiders will also play three games at the Schwan's Cup in Blaine, Minn., Dec. 28-30.

Last Tuesday, Bonnie Meyer had two goals and an assist in Hudson's 4-1 victory over the ECA Stars.

Erin Anderson scored at 1:16 of the first period, assisted by Meyer, to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. ECA's Cassie Rosemore tied the game at 5:52 of the second before Meyer scored two unassisted goals, one at 10:06 and the other on a power play at 14:39 of the second, to give Hudson a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.

Emily Stankevitz closed out the scoring with an empty net goal at 16:40 of the third period, assisted by Ashley Queener, to make the final 4-1. Raider goalie Alise Riedel stopped 34 of the 35 shots she faced.

Saturday against Menomonie, five different Raiders scored goals in a 6-3 Hudson victory.

Menomonie opened the scoring on a power play goal by Shauna Bollinger about four minutes into the game. Meyer tied the game on unassisted goal at 6:34 of the first period.

Hudson scored the next three goals, beginning with Anderson, assisted by Julia Johnson, at 5:50 of the second. Alex Willi scored a minute later on an assist by Stankevitz, and Meyer notched her second unassisted goal of the game at 7:42 of the second.

Bollinger brought the Indians to within two goals at the 10:18 mark, as Hudson took a 4-2 lead into the final period.

Abby Singerhouse tallied a score on a power play goal at 4:17 of the third, assisted by Stankevitz, to make it a 5-2 game, but Taylor Rudiger pulled the Indians to within two about 90 seconds later on a short-handed breakaway goal.

Halfway through the third period, Hailie Bennewitz scored Hudson's final goal, on a power play, with assists going to Singerhouse and Amy Hutchison.

Goaltender Danni Krinke made 23 saves for Hudson in the win.