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Girls skate to three more wins

Hudson's Sydney Hendricks (19) skates in alone on Chippewa Falls/Menomonie goalie Haley Frank before scoring her second goal of the game in the Raider girls hockey team's 7-2 victory Thursday, Jan. 4, at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson's Dani Robson (15) tips a shot between her legs in the third period of the Raider girls hockey team's 7-2 victory over Chippewa Falls/Menomonie Thursday, Jan. 4, at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The top-ranked Hudson girls hockey team won three games in three days last week, including a big 3-2 victory over third-ranked University School of Milwaukee at the Ticket King Girls Hockey Classic Invitational Friday, Jan. 5 at UW-Milwaukee's Panther Arena.

One night earlier the Raiders topped Chippewa Falls/Menomonie, 7-2, at home to remain undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play. They hammered the Lakeshore Lightning (Cedarburg co-op), 10-1, in the second game of Ticket King Classic in Milwaukee Saturday, Jan. 6. to improve to 12-1-0 on the season.

Hudson will visit River Falls to face the fifth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion in a BRC showdown Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. at Wildcat Centre before hosting Onalaska Saturday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m.

Last Thursday the Raiders scored the first five goals of the game on their way to a 7-2 victory over Chippewa Falls/Menomonie.

Gretta Mohrland tallied the only goal of the first period before Nikki Olund scored 1 minute, 42 seconds into the second. Anna Wilgren followed with a shorthanded goal just 1:19 later and Hanna Hellmers and Sydney Hendricks scored later in the period to make the score 5-0.

Chippewa Falls got on the board early in the third but Taylor Wandschneider answered for Hudson at the 8:06 mark. The Cardinals scored again at 9:18 but Hendricks' second goal of the game on a breakaway with 3:18 remaining made the final 7-2.

Kennedy Hendricks picked up a pair of assists in the win while Wilgren, Olund, Quinn Winkoski, Natalie Miller, Bailee Dierks, and Julia Wareham had one each. Freshman goalie Amelia Halunen made her first varsity start and finished with six saves as the Raiders outshot the Cardinals, 56-8.

Friday at UWM Panther Arena, home of the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, Wilgren scored with 35 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a 3-2 victory over the University School of Milwaukee.

Wilgren opened the scoring midway through the first period after snaring a loose puck in her own zone and going end-to-end and beating the USM goalie up high.

Hudson took a 2-0 lead four minutes later on a shorthanded goal by Natalie Miller after she forced a turnover deep in the USM end.

The Wildcats scored a pair of second period goals, the second on a power play at 8:45, to tie the score and the game was 35 seconds away from going into overtime before Wilgren ended it with an assist from Lexie Nelson.

Raider goalie Cassie Schultz finished with 13 saves as Hudson outshot USM, 23-15.

The Raiders will take a seven-game winning streak into this Thursday's contest in River Falls. Their only loss of the season was a 4-3 setback to Mahtomedi Dec 21.

Cancer Awareness games Jan. 13

The Hudson High School boys and girls hockey programs will host their annual Cancer Awareness Game Day this Saturday, Jan. 13 at Gornick Arena.

The day kicks off at 1 p.m. with the Raider boys JV taking on Waukesha North followed by the boys varsity against Waukesha North at 3 p.m. The Raider girls varsity will face Onalaska at 5 p.m. followed by the girls JV game at 7 p.m.

The day will feature a bake sale, chuck-a-puck, hats and shirts for sale and donations will be accepted at the apparel table in the lobby. All proceeds raised will go to Rhino's Foundation, which is dedicated to providing direct cash donations to families in the Western Wisconsin area who are affected by cancer. In addition they provide financial support to programs at loca cancer centers that benefit local cancer patients.

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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