Raiders hockey win, lose and draw
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.