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Girls Hockey: Fusion top Raiders in BRC opener

St. Croix Valley Fusion goalie Sydney Seeley (35) stops a shot by Hudson's Nikki Olund (28) in the third period of the Fusion's 5-3 victory over the Raiders Thursday night, Dec. 13, at Gornick Arena in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The eighth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion scored three goals in the third period to post a 5-3 victory over No. 6 Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Thursday night, Dec. 13, im Hudson.

The Raiders took a 3-2 lead on a shorthanded goal by Sydney Hendricks 58 seconds into the third period but St. Croix Valley got a goal from Amber DeLong just before the end of the power play to tie the score.

Madsyon Shew gave the Fusion a 4-3 lead with her first goal of the season at the 4:15 mark of the third and Bella Rasmussen scored less than two minutes later and the Fusion held on to snap a four-game losing streak to Hudson.

Abbie DeLong scored the only goal of the first period to give St. Croix Valley a 1-0 lead before Dani Robson tied it for Hudson 1:04 into the second. Abbie DeLong gave the Fusion the lead right back with her second goal of the game one minute later before Nikki Olund scored for Hudson with three minutes remaining in the period to tie the score again, 2-2.

Hendricks stole the puck at her own blue line while the Fusion were on a power play in the first minute of thee third period and went coast-to-coast to give Hudson its first lead of the game, 3-2, but the Fusion scored the next three goals in a span of just over three minutes to make the final 5-3.

Seeley finished with 22 saves while Hudson goalie Elle Runk made 14.

St. Croix Valley (3-2-0) will host Red Wing Tuesday, Dec. 18 in River Falls while Hudson (2-2-0) will host the fifth-ranked Fox Cities Stars Friday, Dec. 21.

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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