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Girls' hockey: Raiders skate past Spartans in OT

Hudson’s Sydney Hendricks (19) and Quinn Winkoski (12) try to poke the puck past Superior goalie Katrina Casper (1) in the third period of the Raiders' 4-3 overtime win in Superior Saturday, Dec. 8. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Nikki Olund's third goal of the game 3 minutes, 9 seconds into overtime ended a see-saw battle and lifted the fifth-ranked Raider girls' hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Superior Saturday, Dec. 8, in Superior.

Olund's game-winner came after the two teams played to a 3-3 tie by trading goals through the first two periods. Hudson goalie Alayna Kushiner made nine of her 16 saves in the third period to keep the game tied.

Superior struck first 7:15 into the game but it took just 20 seconds for Olund to answer with an unassisted goal at 7:35.

The Spartans took a 2-1 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first period but Hudson came right back with Olund's second goal of the game at the 13:21 mark, assisted by Sydney Hendricks and Rose Giblin.

Superior took its third lead of the game at the 10:26 mark of the second period but once again Hudson came right back with Morgan Miller converting a pass from Taylor Wandschneider 40 seconds later to make it a 3-3 game.

Neither team scored in the third period despite Superior outshooting the Raiders, 9-2, to send the game to overtime, where Olund completed her hat trick 3:09 in with an assist from Hendricks to give the Raiders the win.

Hudson outshot Superior 30-19 in the game but came up empty on seven power play opportunities while the Spartans were 0-for-3.

Hudson, now 2-1, will host the ninth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central) in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Gornick Arena. The Fusion enter the game with a record of 2-2.

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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