Jackson Reeves and the No. 12AA Pioneers took it to No. 6AA Maple Grove Wednesday in an 8-1 route.

The Hill-Murray Pioneers play one of the toughest schedules in Class AA hockey. In recent weeks they dropped down to 16th in the rankings after an upset loss to Two Rivers, even though they outshot them 58-16. They then rattled off five wins against the likes of Stillwater, St. Thomas Academy, Grand Rapids and Mahtomedi. They then lost three of four, dropping games to No. 5 Benilde-St. Margaret’s and back-to-back 5-3 losses to No. 2AA Edina.

Seven of their eight losses this season have come to Top-10 teams and six of them against Top-5 teams. The Pioneers are amongst a crop of teams who are on the cusp of making a state tourney run and playing well when it matters most. This is what makes the upcoming section tournaments must-see hockey.

Hill-Murray’s Joe Luger is part of a strong defensive unit for the Pioneers.

No. 12AA Hill-Murray 8, No. 6AA Maple Grove 1

Hill-Murray made a statement on home ice taking down Maple Grove 8-1. The Pioneers improved to 14-8-2 and won their third straight game. Their season finale is Saturday when they face Moorhead. After an uncharacteristic lopsided loss, the Crimson fell to 18-6-0 and will finish their regular season on Friday when they face Andover. Maple Grove was on a six-game win streak before Wednesday’s loss. 

Hill-Murray wasted no time to start the game, when Lucas Mann scored at the 1:47 mark of the first period, assisted by Simon Seidl, and Jackson Reeves. The Pioneers scored again, this time Landon Cottingham netted one on the power play assisted by Boden Sampair and Graham Greeder. Ryan Madigan scored Hill-Murray’s third goal in the final minutes, assisted by Jude Bonin, and Cuttingham. 

The Pioneers bested their three-goal first period with a four-goal second period. Seidl scored the first goal assisted by Reeves. Cullen Ingebritson, Ryan Madigan, and Reeves all got in on the scoring parade with their own goals. The Pioneers led Maple Grove 4-0 after two periods. Maple Grove finally got on the board when Koey Imgrund scored late in the third period, but the celebration didn’t last long as Joseph Luger netted Hill-Murray’s eighth and final goal. 

Seidl, Reeves, and Cottingham all ended with one goal, and two assists, for three points for Hill-Murray. Andrew Lane was also a big reason for the win, stopping 27 of 28 in net. 

 

Brooks Gengler scored twice to help lead No. 3AA Wayzata to a 6-2 win over Academy of Holy Angels.

No. 3AA Wayzata 6, Holy Angels 2

Wayzata wins their third straight after rolling past Holy Angels 6-2. The Trojans now improve to 20-2-2 and finish their regular season with a huge Section 6AA matchup against No. 2AA Edina on Saturday. The Academy of Holy Angels fell to 14-9-1 and will host St. Paul Highland Park on Friday. 

The Stars struck first in the first period when Lincoln Meyers scored just over three minutes into the game, assisted by Henry Lechner and Cole Cheeseman. Holy Angels led 1-0 in the second period, but that would be their last lead of the night, as Wayzata netted three goals in the middle frame. Brooks Gengler, Jake Mattson, and Jack Hartle all scored in the early stages of the second period, which gave the Trojans a 3-1 lead after the second period. 

Wayzata scored under a minute into the third period after Mattson netted his second of the game 48 seconds into the period. Brooks Gengler extended the Trojans lead to 5-1 after he netted his 14th of the season. Holy Angels got another goal scored by Oscar Buckland, but Cade De St Hubert scored his 15th goal of the year extending the Trojans lead to 6-2. 

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Hermantown goalie Dane Callaway stopped 31 shots to help the top-ranked Hawks to a 4-1 win over Grand Rapids.

No. 1A Hermantown 4, No. 17AA Grand Rapids 1

In the battle of the Section Sevens’ Hermantown took down Grand Rapids 4-1. Section 7A Hermantown ended the season on a high note going 15-8-2 and finishing our top-ranked team in Class A. Grand Rapids ended the regular season with a 14-11-0 record. 

The Thunderhawks went out to a 1-0 lead after the first period when Luka Rohloff scored the opening goal, assisted by Nathan Garski and Jacob Garski. Hermanton scored seconds into the second period when Henry Peterson tied the game, assisted by AJ Francisco, and Drew Nelson. Andrew Johnson Jr. scored the go-ahead goal later in the middle frame, as the Hawks got a 2-1 lead after two periods. Charlie Marchand, and Ford Skytta both scored for Hermantown in the third period as they took down Grand Rapids. Dane Callaway stopped 31 of 32 in net for Hermantown. Callaway is having a very good senior season, as he sports a 1.80 GAA and .937 Sv%, and he has three shutouts on the year. 

No. 2A St. Cloud Cathedral 3, No. 15A Little Falls 2

St. Cloud scored three unanswered goals en route to a 3-2 win over Section 5A foe Little Falls. The Crusaders improved to 19-4-1 and will face another Section 5A opponent on Thursday to wrap up their regular season. Little Falls end the regular season with a 16-9-0 record.

Ben Petroske skating with the puck for St. Cloud Cathedral. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN.

After a scoreless first period, Carter Oothoudt gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead early in the middle period. St. Cloud Cathedral answered back with two straight goals in the second period. The goals came from Griffin Sturm and Landon Swenson. The Crusaders held a 2-1 lead in the third period, and they extended that lead in the third period when Phillip O’Neal scored. Little Falls scored late in the third period when Luke Avery scored, but the comeback attempt came up short. Little Falls’ goalie Izaak Kalis was great despite the loss, stopping 36 of 39 in net.

No. 3A East Grand Forks 3, No. 3A Theif River Falls 1

East Grand Forks outshot Theif River Falls 39-14 en route to a 3-1 Section 8A win. The Greenwave improved to 16-7-1 and end the regular season on Thursday against Roseau. Thief River Falls fell to 13-10-1 and ended the regular season on Thursday against Bemidji.

Braydin Lund scored early in the second period to get the scoring started for Thief River Falls. EGF answered back with two goals of their own when Grady Magner and Brock Schultz both scored for the Greenwave. EGF added another goal in the third period as the Greenwave took down Thief River Falls.

The Zephyrs outlasted Cretin-Derham Hall 2-1 to improve to 13-11-0 on the season.

No. 7A Mahtomedi 2, Cretin-Derham Hall 1

Mahtomedi scored later in the third period to send the game to overtime, where Jake Hodd-Chlebeck netted the game-winner for the Zephyrs. Mahtomedi improved to 13-11-0 and finished the season hosting Woodbury. The Zephyrs are ending the season on a small hot streak, winning their past four games. 

Max Bennett scored on the power play in the first period for Cretin-Derham Hall as they held a 1-0 lead after the first. After no score in the second period, Max Egan scored the tying goal for Mahtomedi sending the game to overtime. Hodd-Chlebeck took just over two minutes to score the game-winner for Mahtomedi as they took down CDH. Wes Strub had a nice game stopping 31 of 32 in net. Owen Nelson also had a good game, despite the loss, stopping 33 of 35. 

No. 15AA Rosemount 6, Lakeville South 0

Rosemount scored three goals in the first period, including two from Christian Garrity en route to their 6-0 win over Lakeville South. The Irish added three goals in the third period as Hans Hedlund completed a hattrick. Hedlund is nearing the end of a very good senior season with Rosemount, scoring 13-28-41 in 22 games. Trent Nelson stopped all 26 shots he faced in the net for the Irish. Rosemount improved to 17-7-0 and will end their regular season against Eagan. 

 

No. 4A Warroad 4, Bemidji 3

Warroad came back in the third period to take down Bemidji 4-3. Warroad improved their season record to 19-5-0 and will finish their season at home against Northern Lakes. Bemidji fell to 9-14-1 and will host Thief River Falls on Thursday. 

Warroad scored the game’s first goal as Dominic Anthony scored 59 seconds in, assisted by Ryan Lund and Damon Skappel. Bemidji answered back late in the period, as Nick Johnson got a goal, assisted by Briggs Knott and Austin Coe. Knott scored a goal of his own to give Bemidji a 2-1 lead in the second period. Lund also found the back of the net, but Warroad evened the score at 2-2. Bemidji got the last laugh in the middle frame, as Taevon Welle gave the Lumberjacks a 3-2 lead ending the second period. In the third period, Lund scored on his first shift 20 seconds into the period, tying the game at 3-3. At the 16:07 mark of the final frame, James scored the go-ahead goal for Warroad, netting his 18th goal of the season. 

No. 8A Delano 4, No. 20A Southwest Christian/Richfield 1

Delano wins their third straight game after taking down Southwest Christian/Richfield 4-1. The Tigers improved to 15-8-1 and finished their regular season against Northfield on Saturday. Southwest Christian/Richfield fell to 15-9-0 and face Holy Family on Thursday. 

Delano scored twice in the first period when Teague Collings and Andrew Bruett found twine giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead after one period. Joseph McCabe scored twice in the second period, extending the Tigers lead to 4-0. Kaden Feltmann scored Southwest Christian’s lone goal. Evan Geyen stopped 28 of 29 in net for Delano. 

No. 12A Alexandria 5, No. 18A Northern Lakes 2

Alexandria sweeps Northern Lakes in the regular season to greaten their chances at a top seed in Section 6A. The Cardinals are nearing the end of the regular season winning seven of their past eight games and sporting a 14-9-1 record. They will play another Section 6A opponent on Thursday when they travel to Fergus Falls. Northern Lakes fell to 14-8-0 and face Proctor on Thursday. 

Northern Lakes sprung out to a 2-0 lead in the first period after Drew Paulbeck scored twice for the Lightning. Alexandria got an answer later in the opening frame when Grady Olson scored, and was assisted by Gavin Olson. The Cardinals took over the second and third periods, scoring four straight, coming from William Thornburg, Gr. Olson, and two from Leonard Kompelien en route to their win. 

No. 11AA Centennial 7, Blaine 4

Alex Clampitt scored four points with a pair of goals and a pair of assists as Centennial outraced Blaine 7-4 in a high-scoring affair. Clampitt is nearing the end of a very good senior season with 14-17-31 in 24 games. Heath Nelson had a goal and two assists and Harper Searles and Nick Carls both had a goal and an assist. Cooper Hehir also had two helpers in the win to improve the Cougars to 15-7-1. Franklin Loo had two goals and an assists to lead the Bengals. 

Centennial improved to 15-7-1 with a 7-4 win over Blaine.

No. 1AA Minnetonka 10, St. Michael-Albertville 0

Javon Moore, Hagen Burrows, and Ashton Shultz all had three points in the Skippers’ big 10-0 win over St. Michael-Albertville. Ben Ferguson Stopped all 15 shots he faced in net for the Skippers. Minnetonka will finish their incredible regular season against Section 2AA opponent Eden Prairie. They hold a 22-0-2 record on the year. Centennial improved to 15-7-2 and will finish the regular season against Blake on Friday. 

No. 14AA Eastview 9, Apple Valley/Burnsville 2

Caleb Nelson had a five-point performance with four goals and one assist for Eastview, as the Lightning took down Apple Valley/Burnsville 9-2. Nearing the end of his senior regular season Nelson had scored 13 goals, and 14 assists for 27 points. Eastview improved to 16-7-1 after winning their fifth straight game. The Lightning will finish their regular season hosting No. 7AA Shakopee. 

No. 7AA Shakopee 8, Farmington 1

Nate Pederson scored two goals in the second period and completed his hattrick in the final frame for Shakopee in their 8-1 win over Farmington. In his Sophomore season, Pederson has scored 18-30-48 in 24 games, he will be a player to watch for the next few years with the Sabres. Shakopee improved on their great season, moving to 20-3-1. The Sabres complete their regular season on the road against Eastview. 

Rock Ridge 7, No. 10A Hibbing/Chisholm 1

Rock Ridge scored four goals in the third period, en route to their big 7-1 win over Hibbing/Chisholm. Rock Ridge got goals from Caz Carlson, Brant Tiedeman, Kasey Lamppa, Ryder Gerulli and two goals from Ian Mikulich. Rock Ridge finish their regular season with a 19-5-1 record. The Blue Jackets fell to 17-8-0 to end the regular season. 

Mounds View 3, No. 16AA Stillwater 2

Mounds View scored three times in the first period, from Mitch Olson, and two from Johnny Conlin as they upset Stillwater 3-2. Mounds View improved their record to 7-15-2 after the big Section 4AA win. They finish the regular season on Saturday when they face Champlin Park. Stillwater fell to 13-9-1 and will host East Ridge on Thursday.