2020-2021 Hill-Murray Hockey

Section 4AA Champion
Metro East Co-Champion
  • This bizarre season was played during the most bizarre era of modern history. A maximum 18 game regular season schedule was instituted, which went from January to mid-March, with playoffs following and the state tournament running into April. Fan attendance was severely limited to mostly parents, though many games were broadcast online. Face mask and contagion protocols were in force, which disrupted many teams' seasons and canceled many games.
  • On ice, the Pioneers were excellent, especially on defense, allowing 21 goals in 20 games, the best goals against average in school history. Nine of those goals came in two games against St. Thomas; no other team scored more than two goals in a game against Hill-Murray. The Pioneers shut out Edina in back-to-back games for the second year in a row. Joe Palodichuk and Matthew Fleischhacker were the team's top defensive pair, anchoring a 45% power play, and Palodichuk was a Mr. Hockey finalist.
  • Hill-Murray blitzed White Bear Lake 5-0 in the section final. Following the Wed game, a White Bear player was diagnosed with covid, which deemed Hill-Murray, who had no players diagnosed with covid, ineligible to play for one week per state Department of Health protocols. The state tournament quarterfinal was scheduled for the next Wed morning (which was within the seven-day exposure period), with a one-day break followed by semifinals on Friday. Quarterfinal opponent Wayzata and other tournament schools agreed to move the game to Thursday, which satisfied the DOH, but the MSHSL wouldn't budge. Thus defending champion Hill-Murray became the first team ever to qualify for the state hockey tournament but not actually play in it.

Sat1/16Mahtomedi*2-1WSt. Croix RC7:00
Tue1/19Chaska3-1WChaska CC7:00
Sat1/23Grand Rapids1-2LAldrich3:00
Sat1/30Edina3-0WBraemar Arena7:00
Sat2/6St. Thomas Academy*5-6L (OT)Aldrich7:15
Tue2/9Tartan*2-1WTartan Arena7:30
Wed2/17Holy Family6-0WAldrich7:15
Sat2/20Wayzata3-1WPlymouth Ice Center2:30
Tue2/23Simley*10-1WVeterans Center (IGH)7:00
Sat2/27Benilde-St. Margaret's5-0WSt. Louis Park RC7:00
Tue3/2Henry Sibley*8-0WWest St. Paul Arena5:00
Thu3/4South St. Paul*10-0WAldrich7:15
Tue3/9St. Thomas Academy*7-3WSt. Thomas Arena7:00
Section 4AA Playoffs
Wed3/24White Bear Lake5-0WAldrich7:00
State Tournament
Wed3/31Wayzata-Xcel Energy Center11 AM

Final Record 18-2-0

Varsity Roster

Coach: Bill Lechner
Assistant: Pat Schafhauser, Mark Tollefsbol, Tony Flint

1Nick EricksonG116' 3" 155000
2Joe Palodichuk (C)D126' 0" 17592433
6Brendan BoninF115' 8" 1607411
7Anthony MadiganF115' 6" 15511516
8Triston TabucolF125' 11" 1856814
9Nick MountainF125' 11" 20071017
11Leo GrubaD116' 2" 19541115
12Jared Jensen (C)F125' 10" 165101121
14Matthew Fleischhacker (C)D125' 6" 16072128
15Brady IngebritsonF106' 0" 150358
16Marcus KaufmanF116' 1" 175123
17Dylan GodboutF115' 11" 18091726
18Max ZupferF125' 8" 16051722
20Gianni HurleyF115' 11" 185156
21Ben KarrD116' 1" 195257
22Hunter LaschingerF125' 10" 1658917
24Luke HauseD116' 3" 170000
25Matthew WhislerD105' 9" 155011
26Axel BegleyD116' 2" 19041418
27Jack SendenF116' 1" 180224
30Nate GistG126' 1" 190000
33Jack EricksonG106' 0" 160000

GoalieMin.GAGAASavesSave %Record
Nick Erickson820191.1828493.714-2-0
Nate Gist5100.005100.01-0-0
Jack Erickson15320.673594.63-0-0

Team StatsGoalsGoals/GShotsShots/GPP %PPGESGSHGENG

Mr. Hockey finalist: Joe Palodichuk
AP All-State: Joe Palodichuk (1st team)
Star Tribune All-Metro: Joe Palodichuk (1st team)

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