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Hudson's Reece Lila (17) stick handles the puck away from a pair of Chippewa Falls defenders in the third period of the Raiders' 3-0 victory over the Cardinals Thursday, Feb. 8, at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson's Carter Maack (24) beats Chippewa Falls goalie Jaden Hoople for an unassisted goal to extend the Raiders' lead to 2-0 Thursday night, Feb. 8, at Gornick Arena. Ben Lundeen scored his second goal of the game 42 seconds later as the Raiders clinched their third straight Big Rivers Conference title with a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

After winning its first 21 games, the top-ranked Raider boys hockey team went 1-1-1 in its final three games of the regular season to take a record of 22-1-1 into the playoffs.

Hudson's only win of the week came in a 3-0 shutout over Chippewa Falls Thursday, Feb. 8, that clinched the Raiders third straight Big Rivers Conference championship. Two nights earlier they played to a 2-2 tie with third-ranked Eau Claire Memorial at Hobbs Ice Arena before losing their first game of the season to eighth-ranked Notre Dame, 3-2, Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The Raiders are the top seed in their sectional and will open the postseason Thursday, Feb. 15, against either No. 8 Somerset or No. 9 Barron.

Last Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Eau Claire, third-ranked Eau Claire Memorial (20-2-2) scored twice in the final eight minutes, including an extra-attacker goal with 1:33 left, to forge a 2-2 tie with the top-ranked Raiders.

Peyton Hanson had a hand in both Raider goals, picking off a pass and scoring 8:35 into the game before feeding Bennett Schrank from behind the net just over two minutes later to put the Raiders up 2-0 after one.

After a scoreless second period, the Old Abes cut the margin in half at the 9:01 mark of the third period on a goal by Hutson Collins. After calling a timeout with 2:20 left, Memorial pulled their goalie and it paid off when Carter Ottum was able to get the tying goal off a scramble in front with 1:33 remaining.

The Raiders outshot the Old Abes 6-4 in overtime but neither team could notch the game-winner. Hudson goalie AJ Cohen finished with 25 saves as the Raiders outshot Memorial, 31-25.

Thursday, Feb. 8, at home against Chippewa Falls (13-10-1), Ben Lundeen scored two goals and Cohen posted his eighth shutout of the season as the Raiders clinched their third straight BRC title with a 3-0 win over the Cardinals. The victory left Hudson with a final conference mark of 11-0-1 while Eau Claire Memorial finished second at 10-1-1.

Lundeen's first goal came on a power play 2:11 into the second period with Jordon Halverson and Hanson assisting.

Carter Maack made it a 2-0 game 4:11 into the third period when he chased down a loose puck in the neutral zone and took it all the way to the net before beating Cardinal goalie Jaden Hoople up high. Just 42 seconds later Lundeen took a pass from Cole Danielson and beat Hoople to make the final 3-0.

Cohen stopped all 10 shots he faced as the Raiders outshot the Cardinals, 39-10.

Saturday, Feb. 10, in Green Bay, the Raiders trailed 3-0 in the third period before scoring two goals in the final 7:18 in a 3-2 loss to Notre Dame (15-7-2).

The Tritons led 2-0 after one and made it a 3-0 game early in the third period before Jack Flattum put the Raiders on the board with a power play goal at the 9:42 mark, assisted by Halverson and Hanson.

Halverson scored five minutes later with an assist from Lundeen to make it a one-goal game and the Raiders pulled Cohen for an extra attacker at the end but couldn't tie it up.

Cohen finished with 16 saves, including nine in a scoreless second period, as the Raiders held a slim advantage in shots, 20-19.

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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