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Hudson senior Finn Huseboe (20) tries to redirect a shot from the point in the first period of the Raiders’ 5-0 victory over Eau Claire North last Tuesday at Gornick Arena. The win was the Raiders’ sixth straight and improved their record to 12-1-2 overall, 5-1-0 in Big Rivers Conference play. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Bob Burrows)

Wyatt Dove scored two goals, Ariez Sime had a goal and an assist and J.J Daulton recorded his second shutout of the season in the Raider boys hockey team’s 5-0 victory over Eau Claire North last Tuesday night, Jan. 21,  at Gornick Arena.

The win ran the sixth-ranked Raiders’ unbeaten streak to ten games and improved their record to 12-1-2 overall, 5-1-0 in Big Rivers Conference play.

Hudson is one of three teams with just one conference loss. Fourth-ranked Eau Claire Memorial, who handed the Raiders their only loss of the season, 2-1 back on Dec. 19, is 7-1-0 while Rice Lake, who the Raiders defeated 7-2 Dec. 17, is 6-1-0.

The Raiders were supposed to host Rice Lake this past Tuesday night but the game was cancelled due to extreme cold weather. No makeup date has been announced as of press time. Last Thursday’s game with Menomonie was also postponed and will be played Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. at Gornick Arena.

Hudson will play a nonconference game at Rosemount, Minn. this Thursday, Jan. 30, before hosting Superior in a game with sectional seeding implications Saturday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. The Raiders will visit Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Raider coach Brooks Lockwood said the shuffled schedule will only make the last two weeks of the regular season that much more interesting.

“Having games moved towards the end of the year will make for an interesting run heading into playoffs but it should allow the kids to get in shape for playoffs and get us headed in the right direction,” he said. “We play a tough schedule coming up and it will allow us to gain a little more knowledge on what we need to do moving forward to be successful.”

Hudson put three first period goals on the board on its way to shutting out Eau Claire North (5-12-0, 0-8-0) last Tuesday night.

Iver Baribeau, Dove and Chase Blackmun accounted for the first three Raider goals. Baribeau’s was assisted by Trey LaBarge and Sime and A.J. Romanoski assisted on the goal by Dove while Blackmun’s goal was unassisted.

Sime and Dove each had a goal in the second period with Romanoski picking up his second assist of the night on the goal by Sime and Charlie Singerhouse and Parker Shefveland assisting on Dove’s second goal.

Hudson was held off the scoreboard in the third period despite outshooting the Huskies, 22-5. The Raiders finished with a 71-15 advantage in shots on goal.

“Eau Claire North’s goalie had a strong effort during the game and was able to keep us at bay,” Lockwood said. “We had a strong effort from all four lines in this game and it gave us another win in the BRC.  J.J. Daulton had a strong game when called upon and gave us another shut-out.”

See more sports stories in this week's print edition of the Hudson Star Observer. 

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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