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Boys hockey: Wildcats drop three straight

Wildcat junior Zak Paulson (14) beats Eau Claire North's Luke Olson to the puck behind the Husky net in the first period of the Cats' 4-0 Big Rivers Conference loss to the Huskies Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Wildcat Centre. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The Wildcat boys hockey team's comeback attempt from three goals down came up one goal short against St. Paul Highland Park Saturday, Jan. 13, at Highland Arena in St. Paul to extend the Cats' losing streak to three straight games.

Earlier in the week the Wildcats dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference contests, 4-0, at home to Eau Claire North Tuesday, Jan. 9, and 8-1 at top-ranked Hudson Thursday, Jan. 11.

River Falls, now 4-11-1 overall, 2-5-0 in the BRC, hosted St. Paul Johnson this past Tuesday, Jan. 16, before returning to conference action at home against Menomonie (3-12-0, 0-6-0) Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Centre. They will host Rice Lake (7-10-0, 1-5-0) Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.

Last Saturday at St. Paul Highland Park, the Scots took a 3-0 first period lead before the Wildcats scored single goals in the second and third periods to make the final 3-2.

Braedon Harer scored the first Wildcat goal 5:56 into the second period with an assist from Wyatt Grundstrom. Grundstrom made it a one-goal game 3:32 into the third period but that's as close as the Wildcats could get despite outshooting the Scots, 47-26.

Two nights earlier at defending state champion and top-ranked Hudson (14-0-0, 7-0-0), Cody Wilson gave River Falls an early 1-0 lead, with an assist from Tye Kusilek, but the Raiders scored eight unanswered goals to beat the Wildcats, 8-1. Hudson outshot River Falls, 47-8 in the game.

Eau Claire North (12-3-1, 4-2-0) outshot the Wildcats 45-12 in their 4-0 shutout over River Falls last Tuesday night at Wildcat Centre.

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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