August 15, 2022

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MADISON Wis. – Hudson’s second consecutive state championship merely put an exclamation level on a season-long assertion.

The Raiders merely are the most effective boys highschool hockey group in Wisconsin.

Prime-ranked Hudson answered a pair of lightning-quick second-period scores by Madison Edgewood with 4 targets for a 6-2 victory within the WIAA Division 1 boys state hockey closing on Saturday.

The championship was the sixth for the Raiders, who additionally gained in 2001, 2004 and consecutive titles in 2017 and 2018.

“We knew we’d need to put on them down,” mentioned Hudson coach Davis Drewiske, who performed on the 2001 title group and led the Raiders to the title final season in his first 12 months as head coach.
“Edgewood, unbelievable group of gamers, their prime 4 or 5 guys. We talked about all of it 12 months. We attempt to be nice defenders and handle the puck effectively, and that all the time provides us an opportunity to win.”

The Raiders took a 1-0 lead on a late first-period purpose, however Edgewood sandwiched a pair of targets 26 seconds aside round a Hudson rating to make it 2-2 with just below seven minutes left within the second interval. However the Raiders bounced again when Matthew Mauer related from the slot and Carter Mears completed a 2-on-1 break from the suitable facet for a two-goal benefit coming into the ultimate interval.

Max Giblin put Hudson up 5-2 with a shot from the suitable circle simply over three minutes into the third. Reese Richardson made it 6-2 within the seventh minute.

“I bought a cross from Brody (Dietz), did like a little bit pretend shot, and the man went down and slid,” Giblin mentioned. “I noticed the goalie was within the butterfly, and I simply shot hoping to search out the again of the web.”

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Hudson (26-3) closed with 17 consecutive victories after back-to-back losses in early January. The Raiders misplaced solely as soon as to a Wisconsin college, a 3-2 additional time loss to Eau Claire North, which they later avenged 5-1.

Edgewood (25-4), which misplaced to Hudson 7-2 within the season opener, rocked the Raiders with the 2 fast targets.

Edgewood tied it 1-1 on an unassisted purpose by Parker Munn at 9:45 of the second interval that deflected off a Hudson defender, however Carson Strapon answered 19 seconds later for Hudson to make it
2-1. Simply seven seconds later, the Crusaders evened it once more on an unassisted purpose by Cody Menzel.

Sophomore goalie Aiden Tepper-Engh withstood an early flurry of six Edgewood pictures. The Raiders then took a 1-0 lead with 20 seconds left within the first interval when Mauer handed from the suitable publish again to Zach Kochendorfer, who punched it in from the left publish.

The Raiders, who allowed only one shot on purpose within the 6-0 semifinal win over Milwaukee College College, had been outshot by Edgewood 8-3 within the first interval.

“I didn’t see a lot motion yesterday,” mentioned Tepper-Engh, who completed with 12 saves. “We’ve got a unbelievable ‘D’ corps, and I simply want to verify I keep there, I’m awake, and that I’m capable of make these massive saves, in order that places in place to go rating targets and win the sport.”

Drewiske mentioned the Tepper-Engh’s preliminary stops had been essential in opposition to Edgewood’s early vitality.

“You’ve actually bought to tip your cap to Aiden early on,” Drewiske mentioned. “He made some large saves. I don’t suppose he will get sufficient credit score. He doesn’t all the time see numerous pictures, so individuals suppose it’s a simple job. However all 12 months, he performed rather well and stayed centered. He’s a extremely good participant. I believe he’s bought a brilliant future.”

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Mears mentioned the title was the end result of a season-long mission by the Raiders, which had crushed every of the opposite three Division 1 state entries in the course of the common season.

“All 12 months, that is the place we thought we’d be and the place we anticipated to be,” Mears mentioned. “That is the place our commonplace is and we hope to maintain it right here for years to return.”