Hill-Murray's Dylan Godbout (17) circles in the offensive zone moments before scoring his second goal of the game against St. Thomas Academy Tuesday night. The Pioneers defeated the Cadets 7-3 in Mendota Heights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
On Feb. 6, Hill-Murray lost 6-5 in an overtime heartbreaker to St. Thomas Academy. The Pioneers (15-2-0) haven’t lost since.
The fifth-ranked team in the Class 2A coaches’ poll has rattled off 10 consecutive wins, including a dominant 7-3 victory over the last team to beat them — the No. 7-2A Cadets (10-3-3) — on Tuesday at St. Thomas Ice Arena. With the win, the Pioneers clinched the Metro East Conference crown for the second consecutive season.
“We’ve been trying to find an identity lately and I think we found it in this game,” Hill-Murray forward Dylan Godbout said.
Hill-Murray's Nick Erickson (1) makes a pad save against St. Thomas Academy Tuesday night. The Pioneers defeated the Cadets 7-3 in Mendota Heights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Hill-Murray rode a five-goal second period to a 7-3 win over St. Thomas Academy on Tuesday at St. Thomas Ice Arena. The win was the Pioneers’ (15-2-0) 10th straight.
The Pioneers, ranked No. 5 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, fell behind early after turning the puck over in their zone, which allowed St. Thomas Academy’s Tyler Grahme a one-on-one opportunity against Hill-Murray goaltender Nick Erickson. Grahme converted to give the No. 7-2A Cadets (10-3-3) an early 1-0 advantage.
Neither team added another in the first, but the Pioneers came back with a vengeance in the second. Dylan Godbout got the scoring started at the 3:29 mark in the period, which was quickly followed by a power-play goal from St. Thomas Academy forward Jackson Hallum. Hallum had a two-point night for the Cadets with an assist on Grahme’s goal in the first.
The Pioneers then scored four unanswered, including a deflection from senior forward Triston Tabucol with 11 seconds remaining in the period. Tabucol finished with a goal and an assist and was one of seven Hill-Murray skaters with multiple points, including Godbout, who added his second goal in the third to finish with two and an assist.
The Pioneers dominated control of the zone, outshooting St. Thomas Academy 35-20.
St. Thomas Academy's Tyler Grahme (9) flips a backhand past Hill-Murray goalie Nick Erickson (1) early in the first period Tuesday night. The Cadets fell at home to the Pioneers 7-3. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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