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Boys Hockey: Raiders roll past Rice Lake

Hudson senior Dylan Carr (10) lunges to beat a Rice Lake player to the puck in the first period of the Raider's 7-1 victory over the Warriors Thursday, Jan. 3, at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

After opening the season with a bumpy 10-game road stretch, the Raider boys hockey team kicked off its home schedule with an emphatic 7-1 victory over Rice Lake Thursday night, Jan. 3, at Gornick Arena.

Hudson, fresh off winning the Silver Division title in the Schwan's Cup over the holidays, got goals from six different skaters to beat Rice Lake and improve to 7-3-1 overall, 3-2-0 in Big Rivers Conference play. It was the first of eight straight home games that will keep the Raiders at Gornick Arena through Jan. 22.

Harvey Dove scored two of those goals and assisted on another while Cole Danielson, Hunter Danielson, Nolan Wagner, Peyton Hanson and Max Giblin had a goal each.

The Raiders outshot the Warriors 17-2 in the first period but led just 2-0 on goals by Cole Danielson and Dove. Dove and Hunter Danielson added second periods goals, Danielson's on a power play, before Wagner, Hanson and Giblin scored the last three goals of the game to make the final 7-1.

Raider goalie A.J. Cohen made 15 saves as Hudson outshot Rice Lake 29-16.

Next up for the Raiders is a rematch of last year's state championship game with Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at Gornick Arena. The Old Abes come into the game with a record of 6-5-1 overall, 4-1-0 in the BRC. The Raiders defeated Memorial 7-1 last March to win their second straight state title.

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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