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Boys hockey drops three

Raider junior defenseman Spencer Korum (3) lets a shot fly from just inside the blue line in the first period of Hudson's 4-3 loss to the Tigers last Tuesday night at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows photo

Goals were hard to come by for the Raider boys' hockey team last week, and the result was three losses in five days.

The Raiders came out on the short end of a 4-3 nonconference decision to New Richmond last Tuesday, Dec. 8 before being edged by Menomonie, 2-1, in a Big Rivers Conference game Thursday. Saturday, Dec. 12 they were held to one goal for the second straight game in a 4-1 nonconference loss at Hayward.

"Our team struggled to score last week," head coach Mike Stoskopf said. "We are getting some good opportunities, but hopefully we can finish more in the near future and get on track. To our players' credit, they are staying positive and working very hard."

The Raiders (0-2 BRC, 0-4 overall) visited River Falls (2-0, 4-0) Tuesday night (post press time note: the Raiders were shutout in that game by a score of 3-0) and will host Rice Lake (0-2, 0-5) Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Eau Claire North (0-1, 2-1) Saturday night, Dec. 19.

Last Saturday, Hayward scored two goals in each of the first two periods before a third period goal by Hudson's Ben Johnson made the final 4-1. Adam Swinney picked up an assist on the lone Raider goal while Matt Strachota made 28 saves in net.

Two nights earlier, Ryan Dau had the only Raider goal as Menomonie stayed undefeated with a 2-1 victory over Hudson. Adam Dardine and Evan Zik had assists while Strachota stopped 23 shots. The Raiders were whistled for 20 minutes of penalty time in the loss.

Last Tuesday against New Richmond, Dau had two goals and an assist and Evan Huseboe added a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers. Dardine, Zik and Chris Berglund also earned assists in the game.

Strachota made 22 saves as the Tigers outshot the Raiders 26-20. Hudson had four penalties for eight minutes while the Tigers were penalized three times for six minutes.

Nate Jones, Zack Kier, Tyler Lagerstrom and Tanner Olek each scored a goal for New Richmond.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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