Pioneer Hockey Team Records
Provided by Jim Just
* Because playoff formats and regular season schedules varied frequently prior to 1975, most comparisons to post-1975 years would be unfair and are not included here. However, the 1971 team finished with 23 wins in a 24 game regular season (23-0-1) and allowed 32 goals in 28 total games, both of which would be school records. Also, the inaugural 1961 team lost 13 regular season games (4-13-1) and allowed 11 goals in one game.
wins (season): 28,
for (season): 243,
against (season): 89,
consecutive wins (overall): 33,
for, one game (regular season): 22,
vs. StP Central, 1985
winning margin (regular season): 22,
vs. StP Central, 1985
overtime wins (season): 3,
1976, 1987, 1991,
1996, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2015
Individual LeadersThere is some margin of error with individual stats due to incomplete record keeping particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, and even variation among sources for recent years. These are the known program leaders.
Career points: The career points record was broken in 2013 by Zach LaValle who finished with 198. Todd Norman (1984) had 180. Pat Conroy's (1971) exact total is unknown, but probably in the 170s.
Career goals: Pat Conroy (1971) and Mark Krois (1983) are the leaders in career goals with 88.
Career assists: Zach LaValle (2013) leads with 114 assists. Todd Norman (111) and Tyler Zepeda (108) are the only others to break the century mark.
Single season points: Rick Belde had 87 according to the 1973 year end stat sheet, five more than Pat Conroy's total two seasons earlier. Nick Larson (79 in 2006) has the highest total since that time.
Single season goals: Rod Romanchuk is the only 50 goal scorer in school history (55 in 1975). Pat Conroy (49 in 1971), Rick Belde (45 in 1973), and Nick Larson (41 in 2006) had 40 goal seasons.
Single season assists: Jake Guentzel became the first Pioneer to record 50 assists in a season in 2012.
Scoring by defensemen: Jason Godbout (1994) leads with 54 goals and 87 assists. Pat Ethier (1979) has confirmed totals of 49 goals and 43 assists, although his assist total is likely higher. Many of Todd Norman's points came as a defenseman, but he also played center.
Goaltending: Steve Janaszak (1975) and Joe Phillippi (2008) have the most wins (63), one ahead of Tim Russell (1971). Tim Shaughnessy (2011) leads in minutes played and shutouts. Janaszak and Jeff Poeschl (1980) have the best career GAA at just under 1.5. Jake Begley (2017) leads in career save percentage (minimum 20 games) at 0.927.
Single Game FeatsOn 1/11/73, Rick Belde scored 4 goals and 5 assists. Belde might have scored 6 goals the previous game (and Kevin Nugent 9 points), although the game record is unclear.
On 1/31/81, with HM down 4-1 in the third period, Joe Horwath scored three consecutive goals, the last with HM two men short. HM defeated Harding 5-4 in OT.
On 12/11/03, Sam Kelly scored 6 goals and 3 assists.
On 2/5/14, Sam Illgen made 53 saves in a 4-3 win.
Last Second GoalsIn the 1991 section semifinal, Park scored at the final buzzer, but Hill-Murray won in overtime and went on to a state championship. In the 1978 consolation game, Rochester John Marshall also tied the game in the last second, but Hill-Murray won in overtime. On 1/23/93, the Pioneers tied Coon Rapids in the final second of regulation and won in overtime.
On 1/16/01, Hill-Murray tied Duluth East in the final second but lost in overtime. On 12/1/01, Hill-Murray scored the winning goal against Duluth East with one second remaining, after tying the game 33 seconds earlier. The series between those two schools had several other late but not that late heroics during that era.
Big ComebacksThe largest deficit overcome by a Hill-Murray team was 5 goals on 2/17/83, an 8-7 OT win vs. Rochester John Marshall. In the 1991 section quarterfinal, Forest Lake forced double overtime after being down 5-0. On 1/22/98, Hill-Murray earned a tie after trailing Elk River 5-1.
All of those games had a four goal margin entering the third period. On 2/18/95, Hill-Murray trailed Stillwater 5-1 entering the third period, pulled within 5-4, and put the puck in just after time expired.
Penalty ShotsPenalty shots in high school hockey are very rare. Jesse Unklesbay converted one on 12/27/96, and Zach Mills on 2/5/15. Missed penalty shots for HM occurred on 12/30/03, 3/2/07 (late in a section final but did not affect the outcome), and 12/8/09.
Dan Kehler saved a penalty shot in overtime on 1/27/00. Joe Phillippi saved another on 1/21/06, a #1 vs #2 game against Holy Angels. Fred Hennen stopped one on 12/3/92. White Bear Lake scored on 12/8/15. Jake Begley saved one on 12/10/16.
Hill-Murray has won three penalty shootouts in holiday tournaments during the 2007, 2011, and 2013 seasons, and lost in 2017.
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