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Weary New Richmond boys hockey team fades against Hudson

New Richmond senior Jeremy Leavens (8) reaches in to pull the puck away from an Amery defenseman during last Tuesday’s game. 1 / 2
New Richmond senior Cole Hansen (14) tries to pull away from a Hudson defender during Saturday’s game at the New Richmond Sports Center. 2 / 2

Winning games against sectional opponents has carried the utmost importance for the New Richmond boys hockey team.

When the Tigers played their sixth game in 13 days on Saturday, they didn’t have enough left in their tanks to battle evenly with Hudson. The Tigers looked sharp in a few stretches, but their weariness was clear for larger parts of the game.

The Tigers battled back from deficits three times in the game, but they couldn’t a fourth time. Hudson broke a 4-4 tie with 6:21 left in the game and the Raiders finished with a 6-4 win.

The loss is the first for the Tigers against a team in this WIAA section after wins against top sectional contenders from Superior and Somerset.

The Tigers played Saturday’s game without Brady Maus, one of their top six forwards, who was injured in Thursday’s win over Eau Claire Regis.

“Physically we weren’t at 100 percent, that’s the frustration,” said Tiger coach Adam Swanda.

Fatigue was a bigger factor in Saturday’s game. Hudson scored on three of its first four shots to lead 3-1 seven minutes into the game. The Tigers had two great surges in the game. The first came in the final five minutes of the first period. They got goals from Nick Lubow and Kole Hallmark to tie the score at 3-3 by the end of the period. Tanner Wisemiller scored earlier in the first period for the Tigers.

The line of Lubow, Hallmark and Jake Singerhouse led the charge late in the period. Hallmark’s goal was almost an identical play to the goal Lubow scored to beat Somerset in overtime. Singerhouse won a battle for the puck behind the net. He slid a pass to the front of the net, where Hallmark was stationed to snap the shot past Raider goalie Mac Alboreo.

The Tigers’ fatigue showed most in the second period. The Tigers took several penalties on plays where they didn’t have the legs to stay with Hudson skaters. Hudson also got the only goal of the period on a play where a Raider skated around a Tiger defenseman. Hudson outshot the Tigers 13-3 in the period.

Somewhere in the locker room, the Tigers had a magic potion hidden, because they played with incredible energy for the first 10 minutes of the third period. The Tigers got the tying goal when Lubow redirected a pass from Singerhouse 3:24 into the period on the power play.

The Tigers took the first 14 shots of the third period, but Hudson’s first shot was a heart-breaker. The Tigers turned over the puck at their own blue line and Hudson’s Iver Baribeau fired it past Tiger goalie Adam Dilley.

Any chances of sending the game into overtime ended when Hudson’s Charlie Singerhouse intercepted a Tiger pass and beat Dilley with 24 seconds left in the game.

The loss drops the Tigers to 6-3 for the season, probably one of the more surprising records in the area considering the ferocity of the Tigers’ schedule.

“We’ve taken some big steps forward in beating Somerset and Superior, but this was a step back,” Swanda said. “Good teams don’t take steps back.”

4-0 in MBC

The Tigers went through the first half of the Middle Border Conference schedule with a perfect 4-0 record. That stretch was completed last Thursday when the Tigers defeated the defending MBC champs from Eau Claire Regis, 7-3.

With the MBC lead on the line, the Tigers took immediate charge. Maus scored twice in the first 7:46 of the game. The first came when he crashed the net for a rebound, the second came on a power play. Those were followed by goals from seniors Jeremy Leavens and Cole Hanson, putting the Tigers ahead 4-0 before the first period was complete. Hanson’s goal was the first of his varsity career.

Hallmark notched the only goal of a penalty-filled second period and Leavens scored twice in the third period to cap the Tigers’ scoring.

Decimating Amery

The Tigers could do pretty much whatever they wanted against a struggling Amery team last Tuesday. The Tigers scored six goals in the first period on their way to a 9-0 victory.

Tanner Wisemiller scored twice in the first 3:58 of the game and he would score again in the third period to complete his hat trick. Leavens, Maus, Hallmark, Singerhouse, Tyler Peterson and Stuart Pearson also scored. It was Pearson’s first varsity goal.

Cole Peterson was given his first varsity start in goal for the Tigers in this game. He stopped all eight shots he faced to record his first win and his first shutout.

Holiday blitz

The Tigers make their annual trip to Rochester, Minn., this week to play in the Rochester Kiwanis Holiday Tournament. The Tigers get another tough draw, facing Rochester Mayo at 3 p.m. on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament.

“Mayo will be the best team we play this year,” Swanda said.

The Tigers will also play games in the tournament on Friday and Saturday. 

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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