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WIAA hockey: Raider boys win playoff opener

Hudson's Ben Lundeen (13) gets ready to put home a rebound for the Raider’s second goal of the game in their 9-0 win over Somerset in a WIAA Section 1 boys hockey regional final Thursday, Feb. 15, at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Hudson scored three goals in each of the three periods while holding Somerset to just six shots on goal the entire game as the Raiders defeated the Spartans, 9-0, in a WIAA Section 1 boys hockey regional final Thursday, Feb. 15, at Gornick Arena.

Top-seeded Hudson will host No. 4 Baldwin-Woodville in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The Blackhawks defeated fifth-seed Amery, 3-2, Thursday night to advance.

Nine different Raiders scored in the win over Somerset while Grady Grady Gornick picked up four assists. Aaron Squires, Ben Lundeen and Jack Flattum scored in the first period and Rece Lila, Peyton Hanson and Jordan Haverson scored in the second. Hanson's came shorthanded while Halverson's was on a power play.

Bennett Schrank added a power play goal, Cole Danielson scored shorthanded and Alec Kolander scored for Hudson in the third.

Hudson goalie AJ Cohen faced just two shots in each period and stopped them all as the Raiders outshot the Spartans, 45-6.

Before Tuesday night's boys sectional semifinal at Gornick Arena the top-seeded Raider girls will host No. 4 Hayward in a girls' sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Hudson earned a first round bye while Hayward advanced with a 1-0 double overtime win over fifth-seeded Amery.  

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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