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Girls' hockey team keeps winning, outscores opponents 14-1 in 2 games

The Raider girls’ hockey team maintained its hold on first place in the Big Rivers Conference with a 7-1 victory over Eau Claire/Altoona last Thursday, before shutting out Marshfield, 7-0, in the team’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness game Saturday at Gornick Arena.

Hudson has won four of its last five games while improving to 9-5-2 overall, 3-0-0 in BRC play.

“They’re playing good hockey,” Raider coach Greg Gamache said about his team. “They’re playing disciplined, they’re winning races, and they’re putting pucks on net.”

The Raiders put 14 pucks in the net in their last two wins, including a hat trick by Sydney Squires in the 7-1 victory at Eau Claire. Six different players scored goals in Saturday’s 7-0 win over Marshfield.

“We went out and played four lines and eight on defense,” Gamache said about the game against Marshfield. “And even though I don’t like to do it we switched goaltenders halfway through. We wanted to get everybody involved.”

Squires had two goals and three assists while Sara Iacobello, Madison Saari, Paige Johnson, Ali Takkunen and Abby Paterson scored one goal each. For Patterson it was her first goal of the season while for Saari it was her second.

Julia Joseph and Nali Mullan combined for six saves as the Raiders outshot the Tigers, 46-6.

Last Thursday at Eau Claire, Squires had three goals and an assist, Emily Provos had a goal and an assist and Johnson dished out two assists as the Raiders stayed undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play.

“The Eau Claire game surprised me to be perfectly honest,’ Gamache said. “They are a good team.”

Saari scored her first goal of the season in the win while Destynee Willet and Julia Pettee had a goal apiece and Emma Steiner, Takkunen, Iacobello and Taylor Beckman each had an assist.

The Raiders led 3-1 after one and 5-1 at the end of two. Mullan finished with 22 saves as Hudson outshot Eau Claire/Altoona 36-23.

After visiting New Richmond this past Tuesday, the Raiders will travel to Menomonie to take on the Chippewa Falls/Menomonie Cardinals Thursday, Jan. 23, before finishing the season with five straight home games.

All seven of Hudson’s remaining games are against sectional or conference opponents, or in some cases both. Gamache said he expects every opponent to come out gunning for the Raiders.

“We’re not going to surprise anybody anymore, so we’re trying to stay one step ahead,” he said. “Change up some things and throw something different at them. Those other teams have nothing to lose. They are going to come at us with everything they have.”

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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