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New Richmond boys hockey suffers third loss to Hudson

New Richmond coach Adam Swanda huddles with his team during a timeout during a recent Tiger game.

Pride was about the only thing at stake when the New Richmond and Hudson boys hockey teams clashed for the third time this season on Saturday.

The Tigers’ pride took some lumps as they lost to the Raiders for the third time, this time by a 7-1 score.

While the Tigers are 0-3 against Hudson, they are 10-2 against all other teams they’ve faced this season. Saturday’s loss isn’t going to cause any major ripples in the Tigers’ plans.

“We need to fix some things but we’re certainly not broken,” said Tiger coach Adam Swanda.

Because Hudson had already beaten the Tigers twice this season, this game held little consequence. Even if the Tigers had won the game, Hudson would still hold the upper hand in the argument for seeding in the WIAA tournament bracket. Hudson and New Richmond have positioned themselves currently to have strong cases for the top two spots in the sectional bracket, but both teams still face important games which could change the seeding possibilities.

Hudson, which is 9-1-2 this season, is ranked seventh in the state in this week’s WIPH/Coaches state rankings. New Richmond is listed among the honorable mention teams in the state rankings.

Saturday’s game started on a hopeful note for the Tigers as they held the puck in Hudson’s end of the rink for more than two minutes to start the game. That hope quickly went sour. Hudson scored on its second and third shots on goal to take a 2-0 first period lead.

Hudson scored two more goals early in the second period, the first being a short-handed goal. The Tigers didn’t score until there was 3:17 left in the game when Nick Lubow ended the shutout attempt.

Swanda said this wasn’t an effort that was up to the standard the team has established for itself this season. The Tigers were limited to 11 shots on goal. What bothered the Tiger coaches more was the team’s work in front of its own goal.

“You can’t give up seven goals on 23 shots and expect to win a hockey game,” Swanda said. “You have to work hard enough to earn and deserve a win.”

In the games the Tigers won this season, they have been able to station players in front of the net and cause turmoil in front of the opposing goaltender. Swanda said that hasn’t been the case in the last two losses to Hudson, which were both by 7-1 scores.

The Tigers are in a stretch where they are playing one game per week. Their next game isn’t until next Tuesday, when they skate at Amery.