Raider hockey reaches state title game
For the first time this postseason the Hudson boys' hockey team was outshot and allowed a goal.
It didn't matter.
Aaron Grounds scored twice, Cole Danielson and Dan Lienemann had a goal apiece and Anthony Howard made a postseason-high 24 saves as the Raiders defeated Wausau West, 4-1, in a WIAA State Tournament semifinal Friday, March 3, at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
Hudson (26-2-1) will face Waukesha North (26-3-0) in the WIAA state title game Saturday, March 4, at 2:15 p.m.
After Howard made a pair of saves on a West power play to keep the game scoreless, Hudson' Chase Blackmun found Danielson on a rush and Danielson wristed a shot from the left circle for a 1-0 Raider lead.
Just 23 seconds later Grounds attempted a pass the from behind the West net and the puck deflected off a West player and in for a 2-0 lead after a video review.
After a scoreless second period, Grounds' second goal of the game, 42 seconds into a Raider power play, at the 8:14 mark of the third period made the score 3-0.
Lienemann added an even strength goal just over two minutes later to boost the score to 4-0.
Howard, who entered the game with a 0.72 goals against average and four straight shutouts in the postseason, made 11 of his 24 saves in the third period and came within 1 minute, 55 seconds of becoming the first goalie to shut out Wausau West this season.
Wausau West, who went 3-for-5 on the power play in its state quarterfinal win over West Salem/Bangor on Thursday, came up empty on eight opportunities with a man advantage against Hudson's penalty kill.