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Hockey: Boys surge past Mustangs

Hudson freshman Sam Ross (6) takes the puck to the net on a sharp angle in the third period of the Raider boys hockey team's 8-2 victory over Menomonie Thursday, Dec. 14 at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson sophomore Kolton Prater (19) watches his shot deflect just over the crossbar in the third period of the Raider boys hockey team's 8-2 victory over Menomonie Thursday, Dec. 14 at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The top-ranked Raider boys hockey team erupted for five goals in a seven-minute span late in the second period to snap a 2-2 tie on their way to an 8-2 victory over Menomonie in a Big Rivers Conference game at Gornick Arena Thursday, Dec. 14.

The win kept the Raiders undefeated at 6-0 overall and on top of the BRC standings with a mark of 3-0. They visited Rice Lake this past Tuesday, Dec.19, before opening Schwan's Cup play Tuesday, Dec. 26, against St. Paul Academy at the Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine.

The Raiders will compete in the Bronze Division at the prestigious holiday tournament along with St. Paul Academy, Rogers, Mankato East, Minnehaha Academy, Northfield, Spring Lake Park and Bloomington Kennedy.

Last Thursday against Menomonie, the Mustangs scored late in the first period and early in the second to tie the score, 2-2, before the Raider offense woke up.

Jordan Halverson put Hudson up for good with a power play goal at the 9:17 mark of the second period to open the floodgates.

Harvey Dove followed with a goal less than a minute later and Kolton Prater scored at 12:53 before Ben Lundeen scored his second goal of the game at the 13:14 mark. Hunter Danielson found the back of the net with 36 seconds left in the period to extend Hudson's lead to 7-2.

With the running clock in play, Cole Danielson made the final goal 4:53 into the third period.

Halverson and Cole Danielson each recorded four point nights with a goal and three assists each while Lundeen had two goals and one assist and Jack Flattum had a goal and two assists. Dove added an assist to go with his second period goal and Grady Gornick had a pair of assists while Griffin Gornick earned one helper.

The Raiders outshot the Mustangs 45-11 with Jack Klementz and Alex Cohen splitting time in net for Hudson.

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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