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WIAA hockey: Somerset boys beat B-W in overtime; Stars knock off the Fusion

The opening round of WIAA hockey Thursday ended up with some wild finishes.

The Somerset boys hockey team needed overtime to defeat Baldwin-Woodville, 3-2, with Somerset senior Hunter Hartwick scoring the game-winner 55 seconds into the overtime period.

In girls hockey, the Western Wisconsin Stars pulled off an upset, defeating the St. Croix Valley Fusion, 4-3.

The New Richmond boys hockey team will play Friday, hosting River Falls at 7 p.m. in opening round game.

The Somerset boys trailed B-W 1-0 after the first period. Somerset took a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals from Wil Gauper and Alex Lahde. Somerset ran into penalty trouble in the third period and B-W tied the game on a 5-on-3 power play. The Spartans just finished killing a penalty early in the overtime. On their first rush into B-W's zone, Hartwick scored the game-winner off an assist from Jack Peterson.

The Spartans advance to the sectional semifinals, where they will play at Hudson next Tuesday. Hudson was a 13-0 winner over Amery in Tuesday's regional final.

The Stars had a wild game against the Fusion, in a game played at Baldwin. The Stars held a 2-0 lead, but the Fusion charged back to lead 3-2. The Stars tied the game. With three minutes left in regulation, senior Brie Larkowski scored the deciding goal that put the Stars in front. The Stars advance to the sectional semifinals, where they will play at Hudson next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Hudson is the top seed in the sectional bracket.

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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