2013-2014 Hill-Murray Hockey
Section 4AA 2nd Place
Classic Suburban Co-Champion
The Pioneers started 9-0 and were again among the state's top teams, but lost the section final 2-1 on a fluke goal in the third period, with Stillwater earning that school's first ever state tournament appearance.
Following the 9-0 start, Hill-Murray had a notable four game stretch. First, they lost the Gold Division final to Edina in a rematch of the 2013 state championship game, despite outshooting the Hornets 37-16. Then they were blanked by Lakeville North and future NHL goalie Jake Oettinger. But they rebounded with back-to-back wins over the state's top two ranked teams, 3-2 over Wayzata and 6-1 over Edina. Edina didn't lose after that and ended up defeating Lakeville North 8-2 for a repeat state title.
Sam Illgen made a school record 53 saves in a 4-3 win over Blaine, who made a furious third period charge after falling behind 4-0.
The Pioneers wore throwback Hill High School sweaters several times.
This was Joey Anderson's last season at Hill-Murray, and his brother Mikey had regular shifts as an eighth grade defenseman. Both won an NCAA championship at Minnesota-Duluth and played in the NHL. One of Joey's shots ripped a hole in an Aldrich Arena net during the Edina game.
Other top forwards included Josh French and Mitch Slattery, who worked a power play set play for about 10 goals during the season, until it was scouted by Stillwater during early playoff rounds and failed to work during a late power play in the section final.
The last hockey games at the Coliseum were played February 28, with both Blaine and Hill-Murray suffering upset losses in their section finals. Declining use and old ice-making equipment were factors in the decision to stop using the arena for hockey. The Coliseum had been hosting games since 1976 and had hosted the second most high school playoff games (after Aldrich Arena) in that era. That left the Twin Cities without a mid-sized arena, and many section finals in subsequent years were held at Aldrich or Braemar Arena.
The Hill-Murray girls hockey team, coached by Bill Schafhauser, won their first state championship.
|Tue||12/3||Lakeville South||6-0||W||Hasse Arena||7:30|
|Thu||12/12||St. Thomas Academy*||3-2||W||Aldrich||7:30|
|Sat||12/14||Mahtomedi*||4-3||W (OT)||St. Croix RC||5:30|
|Thu||12/19||South St. Paul*||4-0||W||Aldrich||7:30|
|Sat||12/21||North St. Paul*||5-3||W||Polar Arena||7:30|
|Thu||12/26||Duluth East||6-3||W||Ridder Arena||2:30|
|Sat||1/4||Lakeville North||0-3||L||Ames Arena||7:30|
|Thu||1/16||White Bear Lake||5-4||W (OT)||Aldrich||7:30|
|Thu||1/23||St. Thomas Academy*||2-4||L||St. Thomas Arena||7:30|
|Thu||1/30||South St. Paul*||10-1||W||Wakota Arena||7:00|
|Sat||2/1||North St. Paul*||6-0||W||Aldrich||7:30|
|Section 4AA Playoffs|
Final Record 24-4-0
Section 4AA Bracket
Coach: Bill Lechner
Assistant: Pat Schafhauser, Tony Ciro
|1||Sam Illgen||G||12||5' 9" ||200||0||0||0|
|2||Patrick Young||G||11||6' 0" ||170||0||0||0|
|6||Frank Seiler||F||11||5' 11" ||185||2||3||5|
|7||Davis Zarembinski||D||11||6' 0" ||180||2||13||15|
|8||Casey Staum||D||10||5' 11" ||160||3||5||8|
|9||Logan Sharp||D||12||5' 10" ||175||4||7||11|
|10||Dusty Krueger||F||12||5' 11" ||185||14||17||31|
|11||Noah Ondrusik||F||11||5' 10" ||150||1||1||2|
|12||Tyler Nowak||F||11||5' 7" ||165||1||2||3|
|14||Zach Mills||F||11||5' 10" ||175||22||24||46|
|15||Lucas Wewerka||D||12||5' 10" ||160||1||4||5|
|16||Josh French (C)||F||12||5' 10" ||160||26||21||47|
|17||Matt Yanchek||F||12||5' 9" ||160||5||3||8|
|18||Jacob Olson||D||11||6' 3" ||210||6||12||18|
|19||Joey Anderson||F||9||5' 11" ||180||25||30||55|
|20||Darby Regan||F||12||5' 11" ||175||2||3||5|
|21||Jake Wittl||F||11||5' 11" ||170||4||5||9|
|22||Marko Reifenberger||F||9||5' 10" ||165||1||0||1|
|24||Mikey Anderson||D||8||5' 10" ||185||2||6||8|
|25||Jake Begley||G||9||5' 9" ||135||0||0||0|
|26||Tyler Funk (C)||F||12||5' 10" ||185||7||21||28|
|27||Tom Reilly||F||11||6' 1" ||180||1||1||2|
|28||Mitch Slattery||F||12||6' 0" ||185||20||34||54|
|33||Sean Wendlandt||G||11||6' 2" ||170||0||0||0|
|Team Stats||Goals||Goals/G||Shots||Shots/G||PP %||PPG||ESG||SHG||ENG|
Mr. Hockey finalist: Mitch Slattery
Pioneer Press All-metro team: Josh French (1st team), Mitch Slattery (2nd team)
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