In a penalty filled battle, the Hudson Raiders defeated the Waukesha Wings 4-1 to advance to the 2016 State Championship against Appleton United.
Twenty five seconds was all it took for the scoring to start in tonight’s State Semifinal between the Hudson Raiders and the Waukesha Wings. Carter Schuett and Bradley Jacobson helped Matt Fall get the puck early as he walked right in on Garrett Larsen to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead.
Jacob Berry was assessed an interference penalty and while Berry was in the penalty box, the Raiders capitalized on the advantage. Sam Johnson was in the perfect position in the slot for the power play tally with assists going to Cole Danielson and Tanner Gornick.
The Wings fired off several good plays before finally getting up on the scoreboard with four minutes remaining in the first period. Jacob Arndt battled in the corner to get the puck before getting open for an unassisted goal to cut Hudson’s lead 2-1.
The two teams didn’t put any goals up on the scoreboard in the middle frame, but they did put up a few penalties. Five combined penalties were called in the period, including two within four seconds against Waukesha’s Joziah Dietrich for tripping and Wyatt Wilderman for a delay of game minor.
Hudson called a timeout hallway through the power play to regroup but struggled to get their shots on the net despite the two man advantage.
The third period started with the same score as the second period, 2-1 in favor of the Hudson Raiders, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Hudson’s Tanner Gornick extended the Raider’s lead with a goal on the power play, assisted by Matt Fall, after only sixty-six seconds had elapsed.
Hudson’s Carter Schuet added an empty net goal with less than thirty seconds remaining to take the game 4-1 over the Waukesha Wings and advance to the State Championship against Appleton United for the culminating game of the 2015-2016 hockey season.