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Hudson hockey advances at state

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Aaron Grounds, Dan Lienemann, George Nuutinen and Cole Danielson each scored a goal and Anthony Howard recorded his fourth straight postseason shutout as the Raider boy's hockey team blanked Eau Claire Memorial, 4-0, in a WIAA State Hockey quarterfinal game Thursday, night, March 2, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Grounds gave Hudson a 1-0 lead 9:25 into the first period, assisted by Grady Gornick, before Lienemann knocked home the rebound of Grounds' shot for a power play goal at 11:43. Chase Blackmun also got an assist.

Nuutinen's goal came off a scramble in front of the net in the final minute of the second period with Isaiah Bewell assisting, before Danielson tallied a shorthanded goal with assists from Blackmun and Ben Lundeen at the 9:39 mark of the third.

Howard stopped all 11 shots he faced as the Raiders outshot the Old Abes, 31-11.

Hudson will play Wausau West in the state semifinals Friday, March 3, at approximatley 7:15 p.m. Waukesha North and Sun Prairie will meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.

The state championship game will be played Saturday, March 4, at 2:15 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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