March 13, 2010
Hill-Murray is the State 3rd Place Winner. The Pioneers rebounded to defeat Apple Valley hours after a four-overtime loss to pre-tournament favorite Minnetonka in a game that could have gone either way.
Chris Casto, Willie Faust, and Jack Walsh were named to the All-tournament team.
At 86 minutes, 31 seconds, the semifinal was the longest game in school history, shattering the old mark of 75:39 set in 1992. It was also the second-longest game in tournament history, seven minutes short of the 1996 5OT game.
In the final period of the season, the 2010 Pioneers broke another school record, this one for shooting the puck at the opposing goalie. The team finished with 1199 shots on goal, eight more than the 2006 team.
Other highlights of the season included a fifth consecutive section championship and the school's first ever win against Holy Angels, which was also their only overtime victory. A February 4 win over Mahtomedi was win #1000 in program history. After 50 seasons, Pioneer hockey has an all-time record of 1009-281-28.
March 6, 2010
Hill-Murray is the Section 4AA Champion.
The 2010 Pioneers broke the school record for fewest goals allowed in the section playoffs with one goal against in three games. The old record was two, set five times, most recently in 2008.
Hill-Murray has averaged 40 shots per game this season, a mark equaled only once in school history (1975).
Senior captain Jordan Johnson will become the fourth Pioneer to play in four state tournaments. The others are Pat Ethier (1979), Ben Belde (1980), and Tyler Zepeda (2009).
Hill-Murray's quarterfinal opponent is Duluth East. The schools have played twice in the state tournament before, both notable games. Hill-Murray defeated East 3-1 in its first ever state tournament game in 1975, and won again 5-3 in the 1991 state championship game. Since 1991, both schools have qualified for 11 state tournaments, but have not played each other in any of their previous 10.
February 20, 2010
Hill-Murray is the Classic Suburban Champion.
The Hill-Murray JV team scored in the final minute of regulation and again in overtime to defeat Moorhead and complete a 24-0-1 season.
February 4, 2010
Congratulations to all members of Hill-Murray hockey past and present on winning 1000 games in program history!
January 31, 2010
A 9-0 victory over Simley was win #999 in program history. The all-time school record now stands at 999-279-28. Hill-Murray now faces its closest conference competitors back to back, with its first chance at win 1000 on Thursday against Mahtomedi, followed by the second showdown against St. Thomas Academy on Saturday.
Hill-Murray has now defeated Simley 22 consecutive times, the longest active streak versus another school. The record streak is 28 wins against Forest Lake. 61 wins against St. Thomas Academy is the highest total versus an opponent, followed by 47 over White Bear Lake.
January 21, 2010
Kevin Becker stickhandled to the net and scored on a nifty backhand move, giving Hill-Murray its first ever win against Holy Angels. The Pioneers now go into the second round of conference play with eight straight games against Classic Suburban opponents. Hill-Murray leads the conference by one game over St. Thomas Academy and two games over Mahtomedi.
January 16, 2010
The time of the Holy Angels game on Thursday has been switched to 7:30.
Hill-Murray has 995 wins in program history, but none against Holy Angels (0-7-1). The tie was in 2006 when those teams were #1-2 in the state.
January 7, 2010
Pioneer Press recap of the St. Thomas game.
The JV Pioneers won the Gold Division tournament, winning the championship in a shootout over St. Thomas. They followed that with a 4-0 victory at St. Thomas on Thursday.
January 3, 2010
Pioneer hockey alumni currently playing junior, college, or professional hockey with last year at Hill-Murray, current team and league.
Brian Arrigoni (2006), Hamline (MIAC)
December 27, 2009
Hill-Murray will play Blaine on Monday and either Edina or Duluth East on Tuesday, both games at the Xcel Energy Center. If they win both, they will play 8:30 Friday at the Xcel, otherwise 12:30 Wednesday at a different venue.
December 13, 2009
The Pioneers and Bears will play for the 70th time Tuesday evening at Aldrich Arena. Hill-Murray leads the series 45-22-2, including 16-6 in postseason games. One team has ended the other's season 20 times in the last 26 years and only once in that span has neither advanced to the state tournament. There have been 13 overtime games, but only two ties, the last in 1989. A look back at 10 memorable games between the teams:
Game #9 - White Bear Lake 4, Hill-Murray 2
Game #11 - Hill-Murray 3, White Bear Lake 0
Game #18 - White Bear Lake 4, Hill-Murray 3 (2OT)
Game #24 - Hill-Murray 4, White Bear Lake 3
Game #33 - White Bear Lake 2, Hill-Murray 1 (OT)
Game #39 - White Bear Lake 4, Hill-Murray 3 (OT)
Game #44 - Hill-Murray 5, White Bear Lake 4 (OT)
Game #50 - Hill-Murray 2, White Bear Lake 0
Game #58 - Hill-Murray 5, White Bear Lake 4 (OT)
Game #60 - Hill-Murray 1, White Bear Lake 0
November 8, 2009
Pioneer hockey embarks on its 50th season in 2009-10. One year after Hill High School opened its doors in 1959, varsity athletic programs began and student athletes have been donning the green and white jerseys ever since. If round numbers signify anything, here are three: by the end of season 50, roughly 500 young men will have participated in Pioneer hockey and their combined efforts will have won approximately 1,000 games.
During a virtually uninterrupted run beginning in the late 1960s, Hill-Murray teams have enjoyed on-ice success unparalleled in the St. Paul area and among the best in all of Minnesota. Twice a state champion before private schools were integrated into the high school league in 1974, Hill-Murray teams have since qualified for 23 state tournaments and won three more state championships.
The trophies are but one part, though, of the larger community that is Hill-Murray hockey. In addition to the friendships forged by players and coaches over the years, the program has been a constant source of entertainment to students, parents, and other members of the Hill-Murray community and greater St. Paul, who have responded with enthusiastic fan support. Thanks to their efforts, Pioneer hockey continues to hold a special place in the unique pastime that is Minnesota high school hockey.
The 2010 schedule is ready. It is virtually identical to last season's except the non-conference schedule replaces Edina with Duluth Marshall, which visits Aldrich Arena on December 5th. The holiday tournament runs Monday and Tuesday, with the championship game Friday and other third round games Wednesday.
FSN has released their high school TV schedule. Hill-Murray is currently slated for three telecasts.
Updates since last season:
We now have a nearly complete record of all state playoff scores since 1975, with independent tournament scores pre-1975. Check the playoff history page for more info.
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