Wildcat sophomore defenseman Zach Lindquist picked a good time to score his first career goal.
Lindquist stopped a Hudson clearing attempt at the blue line, gained control and launched a shot from the point that snuck between Raider goalie Willie Riedel's legs. The goal gave the Cats a come-from-behind 5-4 overtime victory over the Raiders at Wildcat Centre Thursday night.
"It couldn't have come at a better time," Wildcat head coach Jim Joseph said about Lindquist's first career goal. "This is a big win for us early in the year. Our energy and effort was tremendous."
The win improved the Wildcats' record to 3-1-0 on the season and evened their Big Rivers Conference mark at 1-1-0. The loss was the first of the season for the Raiders and knocked them from the top 10 in the latest Wisconsin Prep Hockey poll. The Wildcats received honorable mention along with Hudson in this week's rankings.
Lindquist's game-winning goal came after Danny Patrick scored with just 26 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score.
With the Raiders up, 4-3, the Cats pulled freshman goaltender Garrett Jensen in the final minute of the third period for an extra skater, and it paid off when Jay Slick and Levi Johnson set up Patrick for the tying goal.
Just over two minutes into the extra session, Lindquist scored, unassisted, to give the Wildcats the win.
The Cats scored the first goal of the game off the stick of Slick at the 12:08 mark of the first period, assisted by Rob Richison and Johnson. Hudson answered less than a minute later with a goal by Mitch Patrick but Ross Andersen gave the Cats a 2-1 lead at the first intermission when he beat Riedel with 35 seconds left in the period, assisted by Richison and Trent Frey.
The Raiders scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 lead after two but the Cats tied the score on a Zach Bennett goal at the 6:44 mark of the third with an assist going to Dylan Dock. Hudson went up 4-3 less than a minute later, setting the stage for Danny Patrick's game tying goal in the final seconds and the game-winner by Lindquist in overtime.
Jensen made 22 saves in the win as the Cats outshot the Raiders 34-26.
"Garret Jensen was very good in this game," Joseph said. "He looked comfortable all night and made some big saves for us, including stopping a breakaway late in the third period."
After traveling to top-ranked Eau Claire Memorial (3-0-0) Tuesday night, the Cats return home to host Menomonie (1-2-0) Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Centre. Tuesday, Dec. 18, they travel to Amery.