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Raiders win playoff opener

Hudson's Ben Lundeen (13) gets ready to put home a rebound for the Raiders' 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 1 / 2
Hudson sophomore Kolton Prater (19) beats Somerset's Dominic Abbot to a bouncing puck behind the Spartan net in the first period of the Raiders' 9-0 win over the Spartans in a WIAA Section 1 boys hockey regional final Thursday, Feb. 15, at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Hudson scored three goals in each period while holding Somerset to a total of just six shots 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 hosted 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 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 goal came shorthanded while Halverson's was on a power play.

Bennett Schrank added a power play goal in the third period while Cole Danielson scored shorthanded and Alec Kolander ended the scoring.

In addition to Gornick's four assists, Hanson and Flattum dished out two assists each to record three-point nights while Lundeen, Squires, Schrank, Danielson and Carter Maack tallied one helper apiece.

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

The winner of Tuesday night's game between the Raiders and Blackhawks will advance to face either No. 2 seed Superior or No. 3 New Richmond in the sectional title game scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in Amery. Superior beat River Falls 6-1 in the regional round while New Richmond took care of Menomonie, 8-1, to advance.

Before Tuesday night's boys sectional semifinal the top-seeded Raider girls hosted No. 4 Hayward in a girls' sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Hudson earned a first round bye in the playoffs while Hayward advanced with a 1-0 double overtime win over fifth-seeded Amery. Second-seeded Eau Claire Area hosted the No. 3 St. Croix Valley Fusion in Tuesday night's other semifinal. The girls' sectional final is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at Gornick Arena.

The WIAA State Boys and Girls Hockey Championships will be held March 1-3 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

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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