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Girls' hockey: Raider girls road warriors

Three games in three days on opposite sides of the state is a challenge for any team. Except the Hudson girls' hockey team.

The Raiders not only won all three of their games last week, they beat the defending state champs in Eau Claire and went 2-0 at the Girls High School Hockey Classic in Milwaukee in the process.

Hudson defeated Big Rivers Conference rival and defending state champion Eau Claire Area 4-1 Thursday night, Jan. 3, before heading across the state and beating the University School of Milwaukee 5-2, Friday, Jan. 4, and the Lakeshore Lightning 6-1 Saturday, Jan. 5, to win the Girls High School Hockey Classic.

The three victories snapped a three-game losing streak for Hudson and evened its record at 6-6 heading into a BRC contest at Chippewa Falls Thursday, Jan. 10.

Last Thursday in Eau Claire, the Raiders got two goals from Sydney Hendricks, one from Taylor Wandschneider and an empty-netter from Mallory Thompson to avenge a loss to the Stars in last year's WIAA sectional title game.

Eau Claire scored the first goal of the game early in the second period but Wandschneider scored from the top of the circle off a faceoff at the 12:46 mark to tie the score. Hendricks gave the Raiders the lead for good four minutes later and made it a 3-1 game with an unassisted goal in the third before Thompson's empty-netter sealed things.

Raider goalie Alayna Kushiner made 19 saves as each team finished with 21 shots on goal.

Hudson 5, University School 2

Friday in Milwaukee Hendricks' natural hat trick sparked the Raiders to a 5-2 victory over University School in the first round of the Girls High School Hockey Classic.

With Hudson already leading 2-1 thanks to goals by Thompson and Julia Wareham, Hendricks' first goal at 11:08 of the second period was the eventual game winner. The senior captain followed it with two power play goals in the third period to give Hudson an insurmountable lead.

The Raiders scored on three of their four power plays while limiting University School to 1-for-4. Amelia Halunen finished with 19 saves as USM outshot Hudson 21-20.

Hudson 6, Lakeshore 1

The Raiders kept right on rolling less than 24 hours later against Lakeshore, getting goals from five different players while outshooting the Lightning 50-13 in a 6-1 victory.

Thompson had two goals in the win and Hendricks had a goal and two assists while Quinn Winkoski and Bailee Dierks added a goal and assist each and Dani Robson scored one goal. Gretta Mohrland dished out two assists while Hanna Hellmers had one.

Once again the Raiders were strong on the power play, scoring on three of their six opportunities, while Kushiner stopped 12 of the 13 shots she faced.

Raiders hosting Cancer Awareness games

This Saturday, Jan 12, the Raider boys' and girls' hockey teams will team up for their annual Cancer Awareness Games. All proceeds will benefit the Rhino's Foundation, which supports families in Western Wisconsin who have been impacted by cancer.

The day starts with the Raider girls facing Onalaska at 1 p.m. at Gornick Arena and continues with the JV boys taking on Green Bay Notre Dame at 2 p.m. at Drewiske Arena and the varsity boys hosting Green Bay Notre Dame at 4 p.m. at Gornick Arena.

During the event there will be puck pledge cards available, a bake sale, apparel sales and a chuck-the-puck contest.

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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