The Hudson boys' hockey team entered last week ranked No. 1 in the state and with a target on its back. Then both Chippewa Falls and Superior threw bullseyes.
The unranked Cardinals upset the Raiders 4-3 Thursday, Nov. 29, in Chippewa Falls before No. 8 Superior handed Hudson a 3-1 setback Saturday, Dec. 1 in Superior. The result dropped the Raiders to No. 6 in this week's Wisconsin Prep Hockey poll while Superior jumped to No. 4.
Hudson will look to snap its two-game losing streak this Thursday Dec. 6, in River Falls.
Last Thursday in Chippewa Falls, The Raiders battled back from a 3-0 first period deficit with goals by Bennett Schrank and Harvey Dove to make it a 3-2 game after two, but couldn't get any closer.
Schrank's goal came on a Raider power play at the 11:53 mark of the second period while Dove scored four minutes later to make it a 3-2 game. The Raiders pulled goalie AJ Cohen for an extra skater late and the Cardinals capitalized with an empty netter before Dove scored his second goal of the game with 20 seconds remaining to make the final 4-3. Hudson outshot Chippewa Falls 35-13 for the game.
It was the Cardinals first victory over the Raiders since 2010.
On Saturday, Superior beat the Raiders for the first time since the 2015 sectional final. Hudson had posted a record of 6-0-1 over the Spartans since then, including winning the last two sectional championship games on the way to the state title.
The Spartans dominated the first period, including putting five shots on net in the opening 47 seconds. Superior's pressure eventually led to Hudson taking back-to-back penalties. The Raiders killed off the first but the second resulted in the only goal of the first period to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
After being outshot 15-7 in the opening period, Hudson outshot Superior 10-3 in the second but it was the Spartans who took a 2-0 lead at the 5:521 mark while the teams were skating 4-on-4.
Hudson got that goal back 43 seconds later on the power play when Schrank scored after Cole Danielson won a draw in front of Spartan goaltender Dayton Podvin, but Superior scored the only goal of the third period to take a 3-1 lead. The Raiders pulled Cohen for an extra skater with 2:25 left but couldn't get any closer.
Cohen finished with 19 saves as the Raiders outshot the Spartans, 25-22.