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Boys Hockey: Raiders snap two-game skid

Hudson's Payton Hanson (11) skates in on River Falls' goalie Jake Miller in the first period of the Raider's 5-0 win over the Wildcats Thursday night, Dec. 6, in River Falls. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Slow starts had doomed the Hudson's boys' hockey team in its previous two games, but the Raiders remedied that by jumping on River Falls for three goals in the first period on their way to a 5-0 win over the Wildcats Thursday night, Dec. 6, in River Falls.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the sixth-ranked Raiders and put them back above .500 with a record of 3-2. River Falls dropped to 0-5.

Hudson dominated from the start, outshooting the Wildcats 22-0 in the first period. Max Giblin got things going 3 minutes, 31 seconds into the contest when he beat Wildcat goalie Jake Miller from the left side off an assist from Cole Danielson.

Danielson followed with a pair of goals in a span of 43 seconds, the first unassisted on the Raider's first power play of the game at the 6:3 mark, and the second at 7:13 with assists from Bennett Schrank and Payton Hanson.

Hanson would account for Hudson's final two scores, a power play 2:03 into the second period with assists from Carter Maack and Kolton Prater, and an unassisted even strength tally at 14:18 of the third.

Hudson outshot River Falls 50-5 for the game with Raider goalie AJ Cohen registering his first shutout of the season.

Next up for the Raiders is a trip to Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire to face Eau Claire North (2-2-1) Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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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