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Boys skate to a pair of victories, move up in state rankings

Hudson junior Parker Shefveland (6) skates across the front of the net before slipping the puck past River Falls’ goalie Logan Ottarson for the first goal of the game in the Raiders’ 5-0 victory over the Wildcats last Thursday at Gornick Arena. Hudson went on to defeat New Richmond, 7-1, Saturday night to improve to 9-1-2 on the season. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

The Raider boys’ hockey team ran its unbeaten streak to seven straight games last week with a 5-0 Big Rivers Conference victory over River Falls Thursday and a 7-1 win over New Richmond on Saturday.

The Raiders, now 9-1-2 overall, 3-1-0 in BRC play and ranked No. 7 in this week’s Wisconsin Prep Hockey top ten, are 6-0-1 since suffering their only loss of the season back on Dec. 19 against Eau Claire Memorial. They hosted Eau Claire North (4-7-0, 0-4-0) this past Tuesday and will host Cedarburg (12-4-0) in the “Facing Off Against Cancer” game this Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m.

Last Thursday at home against River Falls, senior Charlie Singerhouse tallied a hat trick and junior goaltender Cody Hepfler notched a shutout in his first varsity start as the Raiders downed the Wildcats, 5-0.

“River Falls verses Hudson is always going to bring the best out of both teams,” Raider coach Brooks Lockwood said. “River Falls had a great effort from start to finish and they definitely played with some emotion.”

Parker Shefveland got the Raiders on the board less than five minutes in with an assist from Iver Baribeau before Singerhouse’s first goal of the game, assisted by Wyatt Dove and Ariez Sime, with 6:27 remaining in the opening period made it a 2-0 game. Freshman Matt Olson scored his first varsity goal just 38 seconds later, assisted by Trey LaBarge and Finn Huseboe, to extend the lead to 3-0 after one.

After a scoreless second period, Singerhouse netter a power play goal with 9:21 remaining in the second period, assisted by Jack Cernohous and Dove. Singerhouse finished off his hat trick with an unassisted shorthanded goal just 1:04 later to make the final 5-0.

Hepfler finished with 12 saves to record his first career shutout. The Raiders outshot the Wildcats, 30-12.

“Overall, I was very happy with the way we played on both ends of the ice,” Lockwood said.

Saturday night at home against New Richmond, the line of Dove, Sime and Singerhouse accounted for nine points in a 7-1 Raider victory. The Tiger’s third period goal was the first allowed by the Raiders in eight periods.

“A big section opponent for us and another win that will help us during our seeding meeting in February,” Lockwood said. “We've been very pleased with our defensive play. We have only allowed one goal in the last three games and the credit should go to our goaltending and our defense.”

Sime had two goals and two assists, Dove had two goals and one assist and Singerhouse had a goal and an assist as the Raiders scored two goals in each of the first two periods and three in the third.

A.J. Romanoski contributed one goal and one assist and Cernohous had a multiple point game with a pair of assists while Shefveland scored one goal and Chase Blackmun, Stephen Tripicchio and Baribeau picked up one assist each.

Raider goaltender JJ Daulton finished with 11 saves as Hudson outshot New Richmond, 29-11.

Lockwood said the game was emotional for both teams with the dedication of a memorial for former Raider Taylor Casey taking place before the game. Casey died in a car accident near New Richmond on New Year’s Day.

“Mr. Haskins up at the high school along with several others helped build a memorial for Taylor Casey at the rink and we honored him before the game,” Lockwood said. “Since Taylor's family had a connection to the New Richmond community it was good for both sides to honor one of our past players. Certainly, it has been an emotional few weeks but I was very pleased with how the kids battled through it and made some significant steps in the right direction for our program.”

Facing Off Against Cancer

Saturday’s boys’ game against Cedarburg, and the Raider girls’ game against Marshfield at Gornick Arena will be the teams’ “Facing off Against Cancer” games. T-shirts and bracelets will be sold at the game and people can pay to write the name of someone that know who has been affected by cancer on a puck that will line the rink. Donations for the fight against cancer will be accepted with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hudson.

The Hudson girls will host Marshfield at 11 a.m. while the boys take on Cedarburg at 3 p.m.

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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