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Boys blanked in hockey opener

Wildcat senior captain Max Morrow (21) screens Onalaska goaltender Hayes Weiner in the first period of the Cats' 5-0 season opening loss to the Hilltoppers Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Wildcat Centre. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The Wildcat hockey team outshot Onalaska 29-28, including 12-9 in the third period, but couldn't find the back of the net in a 5-0 loss to the Hilltoppers in the season opener for both teams Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Wildcat Centre.

River Falls trailed 3-0 at the end of the second period and had three power play opportunities in the third period, including a 5-on-3 for a span of 43 seconds, but came up empty. Onalaska made it a 4-0 game 9:29 into the third period and scored again 52 seconds later to make the final 5-0.

River Falls finished 0-for-5 on the power play while Onalaska was 0-for-4. Wildcat goalie Jake Miller finished with 23 saves.

The Wildcats will jump right into Big Rivers Conference play against defending state champion Hudson this Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Centre before visiting Chisago Lakes for a nonconference game Saturday, Dec. 2.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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