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Hockey: Wildcats get tie at Chisago

Wildcat goalie Jake Miller makes one of his 41 saves in the Cats' 6-1 loss to Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Thursday, Nov. 30, at Wildcat Centre. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
River Falls defenseman Steve Klechefski (18) handles the puck behind his own net in the first period of the Wildcat boys hockey team's 6-1 loss to defending state champion Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Thursday, Nov. 30, at Wildcat Centre. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Junior Nick Longsdorf's unassisted goal with 2 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Wildcat hockey team a 4-4 tie in a nonconference game at Chisago Lakes Saturday, Dec. 2.

Two nights earlier the Cats dropped a 6-1 decision to defending state champion Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams at Wildcat Centre.

River Falls, now 0-2-1 overall, will visit Menomonie this Thursday, Dec. 7, and travel to Somerset for a nonconference matchup Saturday night, Dec. 9, before returning to BRC action at Rice Lake Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Wildcat's next home game will be Thursday, Dec. 14, against Eau Claire Memorial.

Last Saturday night in Chisago Lakes, the host Wildcats scored two goals in just over a minute midway through the third period to take a 4-3 lead but Longsdorf beat the Chisago Lakes goalie with 2:25 remaining to salvage a 4-4 tie.

Wyatt Grundstrom scored the only goal of the first period, assisted by Tye Kusilek, to give River Falls a 1-0 lead and Logan Graetz made it a 2-0 game at the 11:46 mark of the second period, assisted by Eric Bark and Max Morrow.

Chisago Lakes scored the next two goals to tie the score but Graetz's second goal of the game 6:07 into the third period, assisted by Joe Stoffel, put River Falls back on top, 3-2.

Wildcat goalie Jake Miller finished with 54 saves as Chisago Lakes outshot River Falls, 58-48.

Two nights earlier Miller made 41 saves in a 6-1 loss to top-ranked Hudson at Wildcat Centre. Sixteen of those saves came in a scoreless first period before the Raiders erupted for five goals in the second period to put the game away. River Falls' only goal came from Zak Paulson at the 7:07 mark of the second period, assisted by Bark, to make it a 3-1 game at the time.

Hudson outshot River Falls, 47-8.

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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