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Raiders boys' hockey team energized in win over Wildcats

Hudson's Ryan Dau (8) looks on as teammates Chris Berglund (17), Beau Hommes (12) and Spencer Korum (3) celebrate Hommes' second period goal in the Raiders' 3-2 victory over River Falls last Tuesday at Gornick Arena. Dau added a goal early in the third period to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead. Bob Burrows photo

For the first half of last Tuesday's game against River Falls, the Raider boys' hockey team completely outplayed the Wildcats but had just a scoreless tie to show for it.

But when Beau Hommes scored the first goal of the game midway through the second period, Hudson had a lead it would never relinquish and went on to a 3-2 Big Rivers Conference victory.

Up until Hommes' goal, Wildcat goaltender Garrett Jensen had kept the Raiders off the scoreboard despite Hudson outshooting River Falls 21-5 through the first 24 minutes.

Finally, at the 8:12 mark of the second, Hommes took a pass from Spencer Korum and slipped the puck under Jensen's pads just inside the post for a 1-0 Raider lead. Andrew Rodewald also assisted on the play.

A Raider penalty less than two minutes later resulted in a power play goal by the Wildcats' Zach Lindquist that tied the score. But Ryan Dau gave Hudson the lead for good just 41 seconds into the third period and Evan Huseboe scored what proved to be the game-winner exactly one minute later.

Hommes and Dau both picked up assists on the goal by Dau while Phil McSorley and Adam Dardine earned helpers on Dardine's tally.

River Falls made the final 3-2 with a goal by Kyle Hargrave with just under six minutes remaining, but Raider goalie Matt Strachota shut the door on the Wildcats the rest of the way.

Strachota finished with 16 saves as the Raiders outshot the Wildcats 29-18.

River Falls slipped to 4-3-2 in the BRC, 8-6-2 overall.

Raider coach Mike Stoskopf said he hopes the victory will provide a spark for the Raiders as they head into the final four games of the regular season.

"We were able to put together three pretty solid periods," he said. "We played with a lot of energy and played unselfishly at both ends of the rink. It was a good night for us, and hopefully something we can build on."

Hudson, now 3-6-0 in the BRC, 5-11-0 overall, hosted Rice Lake (3-5, 7-11-1) Tuesday night and will host Eau Claire North (4-4, 7-9-0) Saturday at 7 p.m. They wrap up the regular season with a pair of road games, a nonconference contest at New Richmond (11-6-1) Tuesday, Feb. 9 and a BRC game at Chippewa Falls (1-7-1, 7-9-1) Thursday, Feb. 11.

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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