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Update: Girls Hockey - Raiders knock off top-ranked Fusion

Hudson defender Rachael Knoke (16) steals the puck from St. Croix Valley's Sig Dangeur and heads up ice in the first period of the Raiders' 4-2 victory over the top-ranked and defending state champion Fusion last Tuesday at Gornick Arena. Knoke assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal by Erin Anderson with 28 seconds remaining in the second period to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead. Bob Burrows photo

Four different Hudson players scored goals and goaltender Alise Riedel made 40 saves as the Hudson girls' hockey team defeated the top-ranked and defending state champion St. Croix Valley Fusion 4-2 Thursday night (Feb. 4) in Hudson.

It was the Fusion's first loss to a Wisconsin team in two years and its' first-ever loss in Big Rivers Conference play. The team is a cooperative program consisting of players from River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville, St. Croix Central and Spring Valley high schools.

After a scoreless first period, Abby Singerhouse, Bailey Knight and Erin Anderson scored second period goals to stake the Raiders to a 3-0 lead. Emily Stankevitz widened the gap to 4-0 early in the third period before the Fusion mounted a rally.

Alice Cranston and Heather Shew scored for St. Croix Valley but Riedel and the Raider defense didn't let the Fusion get any closer and posted a 4-2 victory.

The Raiders improved to 6-1-1 in the Big Rivers Conference and 14-2-4 overall. They wrapped up the regular season Tuesday night (Feb. 9) at home against New Richmond with a 4-0 win and will face New Richmond again in the opening round of the WIAA playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at Gornick Arena.

Hudson earned the No. 2 seed in the 8-team regional while New Richmond is No. 7.

St. Croix Valley went undefeated on its way to winning the state championship last year. Its previous three losses this season have all come to Minnesota teams.

Saturday (Feb. 6) the Raiders hosted the Marshfield Tigers and pulled out a 4-1 win.

Hudson came out somewhat sluggish after their big win over the Fusion and battled through a scoreless first period, outshooting the Tigers 10-6.

Hudson took advantage of a Marshfield penalty and Meyer scored a power play goal 1:31 into the second period with Willi assisting on the play.

Marshfield's Chandler Roy-Peterson pulled the Tigers into a tie with just over seven minutes remaining with an unassisted goal.

Just over a minute later, Knight scored for Hudson after a scrum in front of the net, with Byler making the assist. The same forward line took the puck right back into the Tiger zone, with Byler passing to Knight who lit the lamp fourteen seconds after her first goal.

The Tigers pulled their goalie with just under a minute left in the game but Hudson cleared the zone as time was expiring and Meyer scored an empty-netter with one second left in the game.

Danni Krinke had 21 saves for the Raiders and Marshfield's Ashley Bauer stopped 19 Hudson shots

The win also snapped the Fusion's 23-game BRC winning streak dating back to the first season of conference play in 2007-08.

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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