Former Hudson player scores winner against Raiders
You can bet the Hudson Raiders remember former teammate Alli Moore.
Moore scored the game-winner with five minutes left in regulation as New Richmond's girls hockey team edged Hudson 3-2 last Tuesday.
Moore's family moved to New Richmond before this school year. Moore had played for Hudson and now the junior is a forward on the Tigers.
Her game-winning goal was a product of her hard work in front of the net. Tiger defenseman Erin Dodor put a shot on goal. Moore was battling in front of the net and as she was being knocked backward, she lifted the puck into the right corner of the net.
"Alli was absolutely thrilled," said Tiger coach Steve Gehr.
The goals for the Tigers came from two sources in this game. One of the sources was all-state senior defenseman Steph Kendrick. The other source was from Tigers who were willing to stand tough in front of the net.
Kendrick scored the opening goal of the game, nearly seven minutes into the first period. She cruised down the right side of the rink, then beat the Raider goalie with a shot into the upper corner of the net.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead with 3:26 left in the first period. Hannah Haffner got the goal, holding her ground so the Raiders couldn't clear her out from in front of the net. Emily Cook centered the puck to Haffner, who chipped it past the Raider goalie for the score.
In the first period had the first 10 shots on goal of the game.
"That was probably our best first period of the year," Gehr said.
Between periods the Tigers talked about maintaining that intensity, but they weren't able to make it happen. Hudson outplayed the Tigers in the second period and outscored the Tigers 2-0 to tie the game.
Kendrick got the Tigers steered back in the right direction, scoring 2:30 into the third period on the power play, off an assist from Natalie Olbrantz. Hudson came back to tie the score two minutes later.
That set up Moore's game winning goal. There were still five minutes left in the game after Moore's score. In those final five minutes the Tigers dominated play to preserve the win.
"If they'd have played the whole game like those five minutes, it would have been no contest," Gehr said.
The Tigers ended up outshooting the Raiders 34-14.
Gehr said the two goals scored from crashing the net show how important aggressive play in front of the net is and that the Tigers need to crash the net much more. He said the Tigers played well in the defensive end, particularly defensemen Erin Dodor and Alicia Anderson. The Tigers were sharp in the penalty kill and back-checked well in the game.
Facing Hudson is always important because of seeding ramifications. Gehr said it is going to be difficult to get the top seed in the sectional away from Superior, so the Tigers, Hudson and Onalaska are all battling to get the second seed. So far the Tigers have a one-goal win over Hudson and a tie against Onalaska.
The Tigers were scheduled to play Hudson in the first round of the Faribault Invitational on Tuesday, with games Wednesday and Thursday in the tournament. The Tigers will then get a week off, before they play at Onalaska on Friday, Jan. 7.