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Thursday's Results: Tiger boys hockey loses heartbreaker

Thursday's game between the New Richmond and Hudson boys hockey teams likely decided which team will get the top seed in the WIAA sectional tournament bracket. 

And both teams came up with a big game effort, playing with an incredible amount of intensity. New Richmond took an early 2-0 lead, but Hudson tied the score early in the second period.

The score stayed at 2-2 until 5:30 was left in the game,  when Hudson's Jack Flattum beat New Richmond goalie Jake Erickson for the deciding goal. Hudson remains unbeaten and the state's top-ranked team at 17-0. The loss drops New Richmond to 14-4.

New Richmond's Jens Christensen scored 1:23 into the game. The Tigers went ahead 2-0 when Cole Thomas scored at the 11:57 point of the first period.

After Hudson took the 3-2 lead, the game remained rabidly intense. The intensity rose even further when Hudson was called for two penalties in the final two minutes of the game. For the final 55 seconds, the Tigers had a 5-on-3 advantage. They then pulled Erickson, to go 6-on-3 for the final seconds of the game.

New Richmond can't afford a letdown after this loss. The Tigers host Superior next Tuesday. That game will likely determine which team gets the second and third seed in the sectional bracket.

In other action Thursday:

-- The New Richmond boys basketball team had a rough time on its home court against MBC-leading Prescott. Prescott seemed to hit every shot in a 69-43. The Tigers were led by Joey Kidder with 11 points, which Peter Brookshaw led the Cardinals with 18 points.

-- The Somerset wrestling team locked up a share of second place in the MBC with a 60-6 win over St. Croix Central in Somerset's Parents Night match. While the final score doesn't show it, this match was filled with a number of close bouts, with Somerset finding a way to win most of them.

-- The New Richmond wrestling team had an off night, losing at Osceola, 44-21.

-- The St. Croix Central boys basketball team played a strong first half, but had a disastrous second half at Ellsworth. Central led at halftime, but Ellsworth blew up in the second half, defeating Central 83-59.

-- The Somerset hockey lost on its home ice by a 6-2 score against Baldwin-Woodville. 

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 more than 30 years.

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