2008-2009 Hill-Murray Hockey

State 6th Place
Section 4AA Champion
  • With both teams returning many players from their 2008 state final teams, Edina and Hill-Murray entered 2009 ranked #1 and #2, and the Pioneers' 3-1 win at Braemar Arena in early December made them the early season favorite. But a lackluster holiday tournament followed by a midseason roster turnover left Hill-Murray with a 15-9-1 regular season record and a three way tie for second in the conference.
  • Nevertheless, Hill-Murray eked out two overtime wins in the section playoffs and advanced to the state tournament with only five returning players, as they had in 2007. The Pioneers would lose a closely fought contest to state #1 (but tournament #2 seed) Eden Prairie in the quarterfinal. EP went on to the school's first state championship.
  • Coached by former Hill defenseman Les Larson, Breck won that school's second Class A championship and would repeat in 2010.
  • Tartan claimed the #1 in Section 4AA but was ousted by Johnson in the first round on a goal in the final 10 seconds. So the annual Hill-Murray/White Bear matchup took place in the semifinal. Ben Bahe netted the overtime winner, and defenseman Jordan Johnson followed that in the final with a goal on an end-to-end rush in the second overtime.
  • Tyler Zepeda became just the third player in school history to play in four state tournaments. The speedy forward finished among the school's all time leaders in assists (108) and points (167).
  • Duke Pieper made the team as a freshman defenseman, but had ill symptoms prior to the team's first game which turned out to be a life threatening brain condition. He made a miraculous recovery and served as the team manager in later seasons.

Tue12/2Burnsville6-0WBurnsville Arena7:00
Sat12/6Edina3-1WBraemar Arena7:00
Thu12/11Henry Sibley*8-1WWest St. Paul Arena7:30
Sat12/13South St. Paul*3-2WWakota Arena1:00
Thu12/18Simley*11-1WVeterans Center (IGH)7:30
Sat12/20Mahtomedi*3-2W (OT)Aldrich8:00
Tue12/23White Bear Lake5-2WAldrich8:00
Mon12/29Minnetonka1-3LXcel Energy Center6:00
Tue12/30Moorhead7-0WXcel Energy Center3:00
Thu1/8St. Thomas Academy*2-5LAldrich8:00
Sat1/10Tartan*1-1T (OT)Tartan Arena3:00
Tue1/13Holy Angels3-5LRichfield Arena7:30
Sat1/17North St. Paul*9-1WAldrich8:00
Tue1/20Benilde-St. Margaret's2-3L (OT)St. Louis Park RC7:00
Sat1/24Henry Sibley*10-2WAldrich3:00
Thu1/29South St. Paul*4-2WAldrich8:00
Tue2/3Mahtomedi*2-5LSt. Croix RC7:30
Sat2/7St. Thomas Academy*3-0WSt. Thomas Arena7:30
Sat2/14Richfield*2-3LRichfield Arena2:30
Tue2/17North St. Paul*6-1WPolar Arena7:30
Section 4AA Playoffs
Sat2/28North St. Paul3-1WAldrich2:00
Wed3/4White Bear Lake5-4W (OT)Coliseum8:00
Fri3/6Stillwater5-4W (2OT)Coliseum9:00
State Tournament
Thu3/12Eden Prairie2-3L (OT)Xcel Energy Center11 AM
Fri3/13Rochester Century5-1WMariucci Arena10 AM
Sat3/14Edina2-5LMariucci Arena12:00

Final Record 19-11-1

Section 4AA Bracket

State Tournament Bracket

Classic Suburban Standings

News Archive

Varsity Roster

Coach: Bill Lechner
Assistant: Pat Schafhauser, Tony Ciro

1Basil SampairG116' 0" 155000
2David BruchuF,D115' 11" 185336
6Chris CastoD116' 1" 20542327
7Tyler Zepeda (C)F125' 9" 165232952
9Nick WidingF126' 0" 2009817
10Andy FaustF95' 7" 145000
10Paul PrescottF125' 9" 180459
11Isaac Kohls (C)F125' 9" 18510818
12Ryan HollerF105' 9" 17081321
14Alex KellyD126' 2" 165156
14Zach LaValleF85' 8" 155000
15Kevin BeckerF105' 9" 145268
16Jordan JohnsonD115' 11" 17551116
17Ben BaheF105' 9" 160122133
18Craig MeierF126' 2" 175347
19Jeff Westerhaus (C)F126' 0" 185161632
20John PhillippiF,D105' 8" 165202
21Jack WalshF116' 2" 185131528
22Willie FaustF115' 10" 165121224
24Duke PieperD96' 0" 180000
25Jonathan StadlerD126' 1" 210123
26Loren FrenchF105' 11" 150134
27J.D. CotroneoD106' 0" 17551116
28Kevin SchulzeD105' 7" 135044
33Tim ShaughnessyG105' 9" 150000

GoalieMin.GAGAASavesSave %Record
Basil Sampair21761.415189.54-0-0
Tim Shaughnessy1411642.3155289.615-11-1

Team StatsGoalsGoals/GShotsShots/GPP %PPGESGSHGENG

AP All-state honorable mention: Tyler Zepeda

Above photos courtesy Twin Cities photography.

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