2001-2002 Hill-Murray Hockey


State 2nd Place
Section 3AA Champion
Classic Suburban Conference Champion
  • Led by the goaltending of Tony Ciro, senior defensemen Matt Czech, Tyler Buckley, Tom Morrow, and Pat Daly, and the top line of Brian Kaufman, Garrett Regan, and Jay Cascalenda, Hill-Murray returned to the state championship game.  A clear underdog against Holy Angels, the Pioneers lost 4-2 and finished second, the highest finish for the school since 1993.
  • Due to increasing enrollment disparity among member schools, the Twin Cities Suburban East and St. Paul Suburban conferences disbanded prior to the school year.  (The old TCS West had become the Northwest Suburban a year earlier.) Hill-Murray joined the new Classic Suburban Conference and went 14-0-2, coming back twice to tie Mahtomedi in two tense games.
  • This was also the first year that a holiday tournament (the Capital City Classic) was played at the Xcel Energy Center, which had opened in the fall of 2000.  Periods were 18 minutes long.
  • In the Dec. 1 game against Duluth East, Brian Kaufman scored the tying goal in the final minute and Tom Morrow got the winner off a faceoff as time expired.  Both went on to play D1 hockey; Kaufman at Miami (Ohio) and Morrow at Boston University.
  • Hill-Murray knocked out top-seeded White Bear Lake in the section final for the second time in three years.  Tied 1-1 entering the third, the Pioneers scored three goals in the first five minutes, two finished with drives to the net by Garrett Regan.

DateOpponentScoreLocation
11/24St. Paul Johnson7-1WAldrich
11/27Bloomington Jefferson1-3LBloom. Ice Garden
12/1Duluth East5-4WAldrich
12/4White Bear Lake3-6LAldrich
12/13South St. Paul*7-1WAldrich
12/15Simley*8-1WAldrich
12/20Richfield*6-1WRichfield Arena
12/22North St. Paul*6-2WAldrich
12/27Edina3-2WXcel Energy Center
12/28Roseville1-10LXcel Energy Center
12/29Duluth East1-4LXcel Energy Center
1/3Tartan*7-3WAldrich
1/5Henry Sibley*6-2WWest St. Paul Arena
1/10St. Thomas Academy*9-0WAldrich
1/12Mahtomedi*3-3T (OT)St. Croix Rec. Center
1/18Grand Rapids6-4WAldrich
1/19South St. Paul*6-1WWakota Arena
1/24Simley*5-2WVeterans Center (IGH)
1/26Richfield*5-2WAldrich
1/31North St. Paul*3-1WPolar Arena
2/2Tartan*4-0WTartan Arena
2/7Henry Sibley*6-3WHighland Arena
2/9St. Thomas Academy*6-0WVeterans Center (IGH)
2/12Mahtomedi*2-2T (OT)Aldrich
2/16Moorhead0-3LMoorhead
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Section 3AA Playoffs
2/23Tartan8-1WAldrich
2/27Centennial3-0WColiseum
3/1White Bear Lake4-1WColiseum
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State Tournament
3/7Lakeville3-2W (OT)Xcel Energy Center
3/8Bloomington Jefferson5-0WXcel Energy Center
3/9Holy Angels2-4LXcel Energy Center

Final Record 23-6-2

Classic Suburban Conference Standings

Section 3AA Playoff Bracket

State Tournament Bracket



Varsity Roster


Coach: Bill Lechner
Assistant: Pat Schafhauser, Tony Flint, Tom Quinlan

No.NamePos.GradeHeightWeightGoalsAssistsPoints
2James FangelG105' 4" 150000
7Jeff KlosnerD116' 1" 1702911
9Bob HejnyF125' 11" 1757815
10Tom HeimelF115' 4" 15071421
11Tony RawlingsF115' 11" 15511617
12Pat DalyD126' 1" 175448
14Jay CascalendaF105' 10" 155142842
15Brian KaufmanF126' 4" 195302757
16Mike FeeslD115' 7" 150011
17Brian KonecznyF115' 10" 160448
18Tyler Buckley (C)D125' 9" 190156
19Pat ConwayF115' 11" 1604812
20Matt Czech (C)D125' 9" 18511617
21Tom MorrowD126' 5" 20031720
22Garrett ReganF115' 11" 170373269
24Peter AllenF125' 10" 1559817
25Tim DickhudtF105' 8" 1653710
27Nate KohlerF106' 0" 190123
28Trevor ThurstonF115' 8" 165336
33Tony Ciro (C)G125' 11" 175011

GoalieMin.GAGAASavesSave %Record
James Fangel25291.618490.35-0-0
Tony Ciro1188582.2053190.218-6-2

Team StatsGoalsGoals/GShotsShots/GPP %PPGESGSHGENG
Hill-Murray1414.590229.138.22910572
Opponents692.268422.118.6165302


All-tournament team: Matt Czech, Garrett Regan, Tony Ciro

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