2012-2013 Hill-Murray Hockey
State 2nd Place
Section 4AA Champion
Classic Suburban Champion
Schwan Cup Gold Division Champion
The 2013 Pioneers were one of the best teams in school history, with a 27-3-1 record that included victories over most of the state's other top teams. That earned them the #1 end-of-season ranking and #1 tournament seed for the first time since tourney seeding began in 2007. With a deeply talented roster, this team had the school's highest season shot total to date.
Unlike the two previous #1 ranked Hill-Murray teams, this team made it to the state tournament, but needed a 1-0 nail-biter in the section final to get there. Defenseman Davis Zarembinski scored no goals in the regular season, but scored the winning goal in the 1-0 section final and third period tying goal in the 2-1 state semifinal.
Hill-Murray defeated every opponent they played, avenging previous losses to St. Thomas Academy and Wayzata, but suffering the reverse fate against Edina in the state championship game after defeating the Hornets 2-1 in January.
The Pioneers defeated Benilde-St. Margaret's 4-2 in December in a rematch of the 2012 state championship game. BSM was also a favorite in 2013 but lost their section final to Wayzata.
- Hill-Murray won the Schwan Cup Gold Division for the second time, by winning a shootout against St. Thomas Academy after the teams had tied. STA went on to win the Class A championship for the third consecutive year before opting up to AA.
- Tartan went 20-4-1 and finished third in the CSC, including a tie against STA that gave HM sole possession of the CSC title. The Titans' only regular season losses were to HM (AA tourney #1 seed), Duluth East (AA tourney #2 seed), and STA (A tourney #1 seed), but lost to Roseville in the Section 4AA quarterfinal.
Zach LaValle finished his fifth season of varsity hockey and second season as captain, setting the school's all time points (198) and assists (114) records.
John Dugas had one of the best seasons ever by a Pioneer goaltender, and finished second for the Brimsek Award to STA's David Zednik.
Eighth-grader Joey Anderson was moved up to varsity midway through the season and immediately became a contributor on the team's second line.
|Sat||12/1||Eagan||3-2||W (OT)||Eagan Arena||3:30|
|Sat||12/8||Benilde-St. Margaret's||4-2||W||St. Louis Park RC||7:00|
|Thu||12/13||South St. Paul*||3-0||W||Wakota Arena||7:30|
|Sat||12/15||St. Thomas Academy*||1-2||L||St. Thomas Arena||7:30|
|Tue||12/18||White Bear Lake||6-1||W||Vadnais Sports Center||7:30|
|Sat||12/22||North St. Paul*||6-0||W||Aldrich||7:30|
|Fri||12/28||St. Thomas Academy||3-3||T (OT)||Ridder Arena||8:00|
|Sat||1/5||Edina||2-1||W (OT)||Braemar Arena||7:00|
|Sat||1/12||Wayzata||1-3||L||Plymouth Ice Center||7:00|
|Sat||1/19||South St. Paul*||11-3||W||Aldrich||7:30|
|Thu||1/24||St. Thomas Academy*||3-1||W||Aldrich||7:30|
|Thu||1/31||North St. Paul*||8-4||W||Polar Arena||8:00|
|Thu||2/7||Mahtomedi*||7-0||W||St. Croix RC||7:30|
|Tue||2/12||Simley*||10-2||W||Veterans Center (IGH)||7:30|
|Section 4AA Playoffs|
|Sat||2/23||St. Paul Como Park||12-1||W||Aldrich||11 AM|
|Fri||3/1||White Bear Lake||1-0||W||Coliseum||8:30|
|Thu||3/7||Eastview||6-3||W||Xcel Energy Center||6:00|
|Fri||3/8||Wayzata||2-1||W||Xcel Energy Center||8:00|
|Sat||3/9||Edina||2-4||L||Xcel Energy Center||7:00|
Final Record 27-3-1
State Tournament Bracket
Section 4AA Bracket
Classic Suburban Standings
Coach: Bill Lechner
Assistant: Pat Schafhauser, Tony Ciro
|1||John Dugas (C)||G||12||5' 10" ||175||0||0||0|
|2||Casey Ryan||G||12||6' 2" ||185||0||0||0|
|7||Davis Zarembinski||D||10||5' 10" ||175||4||5||9|
|8||Joey Anderson||F||8||5' 10" ||165||9||14||23|
|9||Logan Sharp||D||11||5' 10" ||170||2||9||11|
|10||Dusty Krueger||F||11||5' 10" ||175||2||8||10|
|11||Michael Rawlings||F||12||5' 10" ||165||5||3||8|
|12||CJ LaChappelle||F||12||5' 11" ||180||10||7||17|
|14||Zach Mills||F||10||5' 10" ||160||7||15||22|
|15||Colten Greeder||F||12||5' 9" ||160||10||16||26|
|16||Josh French||F||11||5' 10" ||160||14||19||33|
|17||Willie Brown||F||11||5' 11" ||185||12||26||38|
|18||Jacob Olson||D||10||6' 2" ||195||3||5||8|
|19||Matt Littler||F||12||5' 8" ||175||7||4||11|
|20||Darby Regan||F||11||5' 10" ||170||0||0||0|
|21||Zach LaValle (C)||F||12||5' 11" ||195||27||33||60|
|22||Dan Dolan||D||12||6' 0" ||185||1||5||6|
|25||Ryan Black||D||12||5' 10" ||170||5||16||21|
|26||Tyler Funk||F||11||5' 10" ||180||11||17||28|
|27||Sam Becker||D||12||6' 0" ||175||10||23||33|
|28||Mitch Slattery||F||11||5' 11" ||185||25||33||58|
|33||Sam Illgen||G||11||5' 8" ||195||0||0||0|
|Team Stats||Goals||Goals/G||Shots||Shots/G||PP %||PPG||ESG||SHG||ENG|
Mr. Hockey finalist: Zach LaValle
Frank Brimsek finalist: John Dugas
Pioneer Press Player of the Year: Zach LaValle
Star Tribune All-metro: Zach LaValle (1st team), Sam Becker (2nd team), John Dugas (2nd team)
All tournament team: John Dugas, Zach LaValle, Sam Becker, Mitch Slattery
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