1996-1997 Hill-Murray Hockey

State 4th Place
Section 3AA Champion
Twin Cities Suburban East Champion
East Side Showdown Champion
  • Hill-Murray ended White Bear's three year hold on Section 3, defeating the Bears three times including 6-3 in the playoffs. The Pioneers then won the section final 4-0 over Roseville, a game that remained scoreless until Hill-Murray broke it open with four third period goals.
  • In the school's first state tournament in four seasons, Hill-Murray won a fast, physical game against Jefferson in the first round, then jumped out to an early lead against Edina before surrendering two late first period goals. The game was 4-4 midway through the second period, but neither team could score again until Sam Cornelius scored the winner on a screened shot in the third overtime.
  • After losing the championship game the year before, Hill-Murray won the East Side Showdown, scoring twice in the third period to defeat Rosemount 5-3.
  • Hill-Murray took state #1 Duluth East to overtime in the second game of the regular season, which was the closest anybody came to beating East until Hibbing tied them at the end of the regular season. Edina then came off a three overtime win the night before to hand East its first loss, 1-0 in the state championship game.
  • A new school, Maple Grove, replaced Irondale in the TCS, which was still split into west and east, but teams played one game against all conference opponents. Hill-Murray scheduled a second non-conference game against White Bear Lake, Roseville, and Stillwater.

12/7Duluth East3-4L (OT)DECC (Duluth)
12/19White Bear Lake12-1WAldrich
12/21Roseville4-2WRoseville Arena
12/26St. Paul Johnson8-2WAldrich
1/4Maple Grove*5-0WAldrich
1/9Coon Rapids*8-1WCook Arena
1/11Osseo*5-1WOsseo Arena
1/16Park Center*10-1WColiseum
1/23Elk River*4-1WColiseum
1/25Champlin Park*2-3LAldrich
1/30Mounds View*7-0WRoseville Arena
2/4Bloomington Jefferson2-1WAldrich
2/6Forest Lake*7-1WColiseum
2/8Blaine*4-2WFogerty Arena
2/15White Bear Lake*8-2WAldrich
Section 3AA Playoffs
2/25White Bear Lake6-3WColiseum
State Tournament
3/6Bloomington Jefferson4-2WSt. Paul Civic Center
3/7Edina4-5L (3OT)St. Paul Civic Center
3/8Moorhead0-6LSt. Paul Civic Center

Final Record 24-4-0

Varsity Roster

Coach: Steve Rohlik
Assistant: Dave Schwartz, Herb Harvey

1Jon VerloG125' 9" 160
7Brian BeldeF126' 0" 200
8Dan BarrettD116' 1" 190
9Rick BrosseauF125' 11" 175
10Jeff RothmundF125' 10" 165
11Dave KlosnerD115' 8" 155
14Joe Schmidt (A)F126' 1" 195
15Mike EngstromF105' 9" 180
16David GrahamD116' 0" 175
17Dave TanabeD116' 1" 190
18Andy NessF125' 8" 155
19David SchlundtF126' 2" 165
20Brad HolzingerD105' 9" 180
21Jason CareyG115' 8" 160
22Brandon Sampair (C)F125' 9" 185
24Anthony RockenbachF125' 10" 165
25Jesse UnklesbayF125' 9" 170
26Zach ScribnerD116' 0" 175
27Joe ShillingsF115' 9" 160
28Steve JonesF126' 0" 200

Pioneer Press All-state: Brandon Sampair, Dave Tanabe
Honorable mention: Rick Brosseau, Jason Carey, Zach Scribner, Jesse Unklesbay
All-tournament team: Brandon Sampair

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