1997-1998 Hill-Murray Hockey
Section 3AA 2nd Place
Twin Cities Suburban East Champion
- An overtime win over White Bear Lake in the final game of the regular season gave Hill-Murray another TCS East title, the school's seventh conference championship in a row. The Pioneers rallied down 4-2 in the third period, with four-year defenseman Zach Scribner scoring the tying goal and another four-year defenseman, David Graham, scoring the winner.
- Hill-Murray tied Elk River 5-5 after being down 5-1 in the third period at Elk River Arena, a place that was nearly impossible for visiting teams to win during the 1990s.
- Former assistant coach Bill Lechner returned to Hill-Murray, this time as head coach, after a stint at Stillwater.
- Nine losses were the most by a Hill-Murray team since 1968. However, the team had to replace its top three forward lines, an all-state defenseman, and starting goalie for half the season, and faced perhaps the toughest schedule in the state, going 3-6 against teams that reached the state tournament.
- Hill-Murray returned to the Edina Holiday Classic, now a four team round-robin tournament at Braemar Arena, which was moved after suffering declining crowds at the St. Paul Civic Center. There, the Pioneers lost to state powerhouse Jefferson, a game in which Hill-Murray had two would-be tying goals nullified in the final minute of the game.
- This was the only season that Forest Lake seriously challenged for the conference title. Hill-Murray ended their contention with a 6-5 overtime win at Forest Lake.
- Eight players on the roster went on to play Division 1 hockey.
|12/18||White Bear Lake||2-1||W (OT)||Aldrich|
|12/30||Bloomington Jefferson||3-4||L||Braemar Arena|
|1/3||Maple Grove*||6-3||W||Maple Grove Arena|
|1/15||Park Center*||4-5||L||Brooklyn Park Arena|
|1/22||Elk River*||5-5||T (OT)||Elk River Arena|
|1/24||Champlin Park*||8-0||W||Champlin Arena|
|2/3||Bloomington Jefferson||4-5||L||BIG (Bloomington)|
|2/5||Forest Lake*||6-5||W (OT)||Forest Lake Arena|
|2/14||White Bear Lake*||5-4||W (OT)||Aldrich|
|Section 3AA Playoffs|
|2/27||White Bear Lake||1-4||L||Coliseum|
Final Record 14-9-2
Coach: Bill Lechner
Assistant: Dave Schwartz
|6||Troy Maher||G||12||5' 10" ||170|
|7||Steve Czech||D||10||5' 11" ||180|
|8||Rob Stoy||F||12||5' 11" ||170|
|9||Kyle Holzinger||F||9||5' 10" ||145|
|10||Christian Toll||F||10||5' 11" ||160|
|12||Josh Singer||D||11||6' 0" ||185|
|14||Dave Klosner||D||12||5' 9" ||155|
|15||Mike Engstrom||F||11||5' 10" ||195|
|16||David Graham (C)||D||12||6' 0" ||180|
|17||Cole Bassett||F||10||5' 11" ||165|
|18||Adam Nelson||F||11||5' 10" ||175|
|19||Bobby Ahmann||F||10||6' 0" ||180|
|20||Brad Holzinger||D||11||5' 11" ||190|
|21||Jason Carey (C)||G||12||5' 9" ||170|
|22||Scott Savre||F||11||6' 0" ||185|
|24||Matt Koalska||F||11||5' 10" ||170|
|25||Derek Larson||F||11||6' 2" ||210|
|26||Zach Scribner (C)||D||12||5' 11" ||180|
|27||Joe Shillings||F||12||5' 9" ||165|
|28||Dan Miller||F||11||6' 2" ||180|
Pioneer Press All-state honorable mention: David Graham, Zach Scribner
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