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Boys Hockey: Wingers show glimpses, but lose to Hudson

Red Wing goaltender Adam Defore makes a kick save during the first period of Saturday's game against Hudson at Prairie Island Arena. Defore had 33 saves in the Wingers' 3-0 loss. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)1 / 2
Red Wing forward Dixon Irwin uncorks a shot towards the goal during Saturday's game against Hudson in Red Wing. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)2 / 2

Red Wing had every chance to get its third win of the year Saturday against Hudson. Goaltender Adam Defore stopped 33 shots, the Wingers’ penalty kill held the Raiders in check, and Red Wing had three different power-play opportunities.

The only thing that didn’t go right for the Wingers was putting the puck in the net as Hudson left Prairie Island Arena with a 3-0 victory.

Despite being outshot 11-2 in the first period, Red Wing got out unscathed, which was a promising early sign to the Wingers’ coaches.

“We haven’t been coming out of the chute very strong in the beginning,” said Red Wing head coach Bob Rajanen, “and we’ve been addressing that as best as we can. (Saturday), it finally paid off.”

Even with a great deal of adversity in the opening 17 minutes, the Wingers stayed competitive. Less than five minutes into the game, Tyler Rea was put in the penalty box for a five-minute boarding call. The Raiders kept the puck in Red Wing’s zone for almost the entire major penalty, but Defore and the Red Wing defense stonewalled Hudson.

“It’s really tough to see that five minutes come up on the board,” Defore said. “I couldn’t have (gotten out of the penalty kill) without the help of my teammates. They listened to everything I said, they did everything I told them to do and we just killed it off.”

Rajanen added, “The penalty kill was very good tonight. … We knew what we had to do and how their power-play was going to move the puck, and we executed it to perfection.”

The first period was stellar, but it took Hudson just 28 seconds in the second period to finally get on the board. Bringing pressure early on, Adam Lipps scooped up the loose puck and got it past Defore to make it a 1-0 Raiders lead. Parker Shefveland and Wyatt Dove were credited with assists on the play.

“That first one, we kind of got caught flat-footed and we allowed them to get out of the zone a little bit too easily,” Rajanen said. “I’m sure it’s one that the kids would like to have back because you give up a goal that early in the period, it’s tough to fight back.”

Then at 8:41, Matt Fall fought through traffic in front of the net and slipped in another goal to put Hudson up 2-0. Charlie Singerhouse and Carter Schuett each tallied assists on the goal.

Trying to climb out of a two-goal deficit, Red Wing had two prime opportunities when the Raiders’ Iver Baribeau (cross-checking) and Ariez Sime (elbowing) were sent to the penalty box at 9:49 and 12:52, respectively. But no matter the advantage, the Wingers could not capitalize.

“Their ‘D’ was pretty quick getting to loose pucks on their end,” Rajanen said of his team’s offensive struggles. “We were never able to establish a solid forecheck on their end to put pressure on.”

In the third, Hudson took control of the game, outshooting Red Wing 13-3, which was a microcosm of a game where the Raiders outshot the Wingers 36-12. Raiders goalie Mac Alboreo was credited with the shutout.

Defore made plenty of athletic saves along the way to try and keep Red Wing within striking distance.

“There were some close ones there,” Defore said of the third period. “One was on the line there, too. When you can make big saves like that, it helps pick the guys up.”

Rajanen added, “Adam came up big a couple of times in the third period to keep it a 2-0 game. The bad part was we couldn’t get it past their goaltender.”

As Red Wing put on an extra attacker, Hudson put the game completely out of reach as Shefveland scored an empty-net goal with 49.6 seconds remaining.

Trying to snap a five-game losing streak, Red Wing (2-11-0) heads to Shakopee Thursday for a Missota Conference matchup.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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