News & Notes (2006-2007)


March 13, 2007

The 2007 season is now complete, and a memorable one it was.  Packed into three-plus months were six overtime games, a penalty shootout, a conference title, three wins over White Bear Lake, and a section championship in one of the toughest Section 3 fields in recent years. Congratulations to the Pioneer players and coaches on another great season, and especially the seniors - Dan McEnaney, Logan Nugent, Tory Pearson, Tony Danna, Jake Lechner, Nick Larson, Ed LeTourneau, and Andrew Fangel - best of luck.

Nick Larson was named by the Pioneer Press as the Minnesota high school player of the year.  Congratulations Nick!

March 2, 2007

This is the first time Section 3 has a repeat champion since Hill-Murray in 1999-2000.

In school history, Hill-Murray has now played a full season of Section 3 championship games and is 21-4.

Two total goals against in the section playoffs ties the school record set also in 1978, 2000, and 2002.

For another school record, this one negative, 12 shots for is the fewest in school history in a section playoff game, surpassing the old record of 13 in the 2002 Final, a 4-1 victory over White Bear Lake.  12 shots is the fewest for a Hill-Murray team in any game since Dec. 7, 1999, when they posted 11 in what was also a victory, 1-0 at Duluth East.

It's now back-to-back 30 goal, 30 assist seasons for Mr. Hockey finalist Nick Larson.

In his career against White Bear Lake, Joe Phillippi is 5-0 with a 1.52 GAA and 94.3 save percentage.

February 18, 2007

Historical notes on Section 3 seedings...This is Roseville's first ever #1 seed in Section 3, having been a member from 1992-2001 and 2004-present.  The Raiders were seeded first in Section 2 in 2002 and 2003, winning it both times.

White Bear Lake at #4 is their lowest seed since 1997.

Top seeds have won the section 7 of the past 10 years.  The exceptions are #2 WBL over #1 HM in 1998 and #2 HM over #1 WBL in 2000 and 2002.

February 17, 2007

A look at the top four teams in Section 3AA and their results against each other and common quality opponents:

Hill-Murray (20-4-1, 15-1 (T-1st) Classic Suburban)
W 2-1 (OT) vs. White Bear Lake
T 3-3 vs. Duluth East
L 2-6 vs. Holy Angels
W 3-2 vs. White Bear Lake
L 0-3 vs. Holy Angels
W 4-1 vs. Wayzata
L 3-6 vs. Moorhead

White Bear Lake (15-10, 13-3 (2nd) Suburban East)
L 2-5 vs. Moorhead
L 1-2 (OT) vs. Hill-Murray
L 4-5 vs. Duluth East
W 4-3 (OT) vs. Centennial
L 3-5 vs. Centennial
L 2-3 vs. Hill-Murray
W 5-4 (OT) vs. Cretin-Derham Hall
L 3-4 vs. Roseville
W 6-1 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall
L 4-5 vs. Roseville

Roseville (21-3-1, 14-1-1 (1st) Suburban East)
W 8-3 vs. Centennial
W 5-4 vs. Wayzata
L 4-6 vs. Holy Angels
W 4-2 vs. Duluth East
L 1-4 vs. Moorhead
L 0-4 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall
W 4-3 vs. White Bear Lake
T 2-2 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall
W 5-4 vs. White Bear Lake

Centennial (19-6, 16-2 (T-1st) Northwest Suburban) 
L 3-8 vs. Roseville
L 3-4 (OT) vs. White Bear Lake
W 4-2 vs. Duluth East
W 4-3 vs. Moorhead
W 5-3 vs. White Bear Lake
L 2-8 vs. Holy Angels
L 2-3 vs. Moorhead

Four other teams round out the section. Stillwater (12-11-2, 5th Suburban East) has tied Holy Angels (24-0-1) and defeated Cloquet (20-3-2) but lost twice to Roseville and White Bear Lake. Irondale (13-12) is 4th in the North Suburban. Mounds View (7-17) is last in the Suburban East. North St. Paul (8-17) is 7th in the Classic Suburban.

February 15, 2007

Hill-Murray wraps up the CSC at 15-1 and is co-champion with St. Thomas.  The conference championship is the 32nd in school history (three of the previous titles have been shared).

February 13, 2007

Congratulations to Nick Larson who was named one of ten Mr. Hockey finalists.  The winner is announced after the state tournament.  Larson is the seventh Hill-Murray finalist for the award, which was begun in 1985.  Only Jefferson (12) and Duluth East (8) have had more finalists.

Sioux Falls of the USHL reports that Ryan Guentzel has committed to Notre Dame for 2007-2008.  Guentzel played two full seasons and part of a third of varsity hockey at Hill-Murray.  He was a captain in 2005 and scored 40 goals and 74 assists overall.

February 8, 2007


St. Thomas is 13-1 in the CSC and Saturday's game will most likely determine if Hill-Murray wins the conference outright or the teams share the title.  No team has ever won back-to-back titles in the CSC, now in its sixth season.

A third period assist against Wayzata was senior captain Nick Larson's 150th career point, and his final career total will be among the highest in school history.

February 3, 2007

Hill-Murray is 3-0-1 in overtime games this year.  In the past six seasons, they are a combined 9-1-6 in overtime, the loss coming in the 2005 playoffs.

January 30, 2007

Hill-Murray has not allowed a power play goal in nine straight games.  For the season, they have outscored opponents 7-5 while shorthanded.

January 20, 2007

Hill-Murray is now 0-5-1 all time against Holy Angels (all games since 2002).

January 14, 2007

Former Pioneers Garrett Regan (03), Brian Kaufman (02), and Jim McKenzie (went to USA NDTP after 2000) all scored in CCHA action Saturday.  Regan has 16 points for Notre Dame, Kaufman has 20 for Miami, and McKenzie has 14 for Michigan State.
(source uscho.com)

Nick Larson and Mike Hoeffel have signed national letters of intent for the University of Minnesota.
(source insidecollegehockey.com)

Correction: Mike Phillippi (05) has also signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2007-2008.

January 4, 2007


Instead of predetermined sectional matchups in the state tournament, this year the coaches will seed the top four teams after the field is set.  Seeds 5-8 will be determined by a blind draw.

December 28, 2006

Video highlights from Fox Sports Net's broadcast of the first and second White Bear Lake games are up.

Hill-Murray's junior varsity defeated Holy Angels 5-3 to win the consolation championship of the JV gold division.

December 26, 2006

They have different players each year, but in four out of the last five Hill-Murray/Duluth East games going back to 2001, a team has scored the tying or winning goal with six seconds or less left in regulation.

View the schedule for the upcoming Schwan Cup holiday tournament.  Note: the opening round is Tuesday, Dec. 26, not Wednesday, as reported earlier on the schedule.

The Gold Division will be an indicator of the early season status of Section 3AA, featuring Hill-Murray, White Bear Lake, Roseville, and Centennial.

December 10, 2006

Photos from the White Bear Lake game, courtesy of Zach Nagle.

December 9, 2006


Dan McEnaney earned his first varsity win in the nets Saturday.

December 5, 2006

Despite the many one goal HM-White Bear games, the teams have not tied since 1989.

Nick Larson has scored a goal in 10 consecutive games dating to last season.

Joe Phillippi has a career GAA of 1.52 against White Bear Lake.  In 12 periods against them, he has shut them out in 10.

White Bear Lake won the JV game 3-2.

December 2, 2006

Hill-Murray's junior varsity opened their season with a 10-0 win.

Delaney "Lou" Metcalf became the first player in school history to wear #13.

Not many people noticed, but the first period Saturday lasted only 15 minutes instead of the customary 17.

Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.

November 16, 2006


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Where are they now?  A (probably inexhaustive) list of former Pioneers, their year of graduation, and current team and league follows:

Brian Arrigoni, 2006, Indiana (USHL)
Jay Cascalenda, 2004, Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Steve Czech, 2000, Florida (ECHL, Carolina Hurricanes affiliate)
Tom Dickhudt (left after 2001), Bentley (Atlantic Hockey)
Mac Garceau, 2006, Gustavus Adolphus (MIAC)
Gabe Guentzel, 2006, Southern Minnesota (NAHL)
Ryan Guentzel, 2005, Sioux Falls (USHL)
Mike Hoeffel (left after 2006), USA Under 18 Team
Jim Jensen (left after 2000), Wis-River Falls (NCHA)
Craig Johnson, 1990, DEG Metro Stars (DEL, Germany)
Brian Kaufman, 2002, Miami (CCHA)
Craig Kaufman, 2004, St. Thomas (MIAC)
Sam Kelly, 2004, St. Thomas (MIAC)
Matt Koalska, 1999, Hershey (AHL, Washington Capitals affiliate)
Bill Leier, 2006, St. Mary's (MIAC)
Joey McEnaney, 2006, St. Thomas (MIAC)
Jim McKenzie (left after 2000), Michigan State (CCHA)
Erik Morrow, 2005, Santa Fe (NAHL)
Tom Morrow, 2002, Boston University (Hockey East)
Mike Phillippi, 2005, Indiana (USHL)
Nick Pryor (left after 2006), USA Under 17 Team
Garrett O. Regan, 2003, Notre Dame (CCHA)
Bryant Skarda, 2006, Green Bay (USHL)
Alex Spies, 2005, Marian (MCHA)
David Tanabe (left after 1997), Carolina (NHL)
Sam Yearsley, 2005, Fargo-Moorhead (NAHL)

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