Burnville's Cory Chapman (pictured below) was definitely ready to go before the Blaze's Saturday, Nov. 27, game against Hill-Murray, but he was definitely out of breath after it.
The junior forward scored just three minutes into the third period which set the tone for the remainder of the game and added two assists on Mike Dockry's game winning goal and Jace Childs' empty-net goal, leading the Blaze past the Pioneers 6-4.
"We played our game," Chapman said. "Our coach kept us in the game. Bodhi (Engum) helped a lot -- having a good goalie helped a lot."
Chapman's goal came early in the third period. With the eyes of the Hill-Murray defense on the puck, Chapman had all the time he needed to lift the puck into the net past Hill-Murray's Tim Shaughnessy to break a 2-2 tie.
"It just happened so fast," Chapman said. "I couldn't really tell ya what happened."
Burnsville's win was undoubtedly an upset. Hill-Murray entered the season ranked No. 3 in the Hockey Hub's Season Guidebook "Encyclopedia" while Burnsville was No. 11.
Chapman and the Blaze don't seem to mind the underdog role.
"We had no pressure out there," Chapman said. "We came in knowing we could win the game. We always have a chance with our great goaltending."
Up next for Chapman and the Blaze will be another tough matchup, this one against defending state Class 2A champion Edina on Thursday, Dec. 2.
"Monday, we're gonna come in with our hard hats and practice," Chapman said. "We're gonna prepare. We watched them the other day, and we're going to regroup and make sure we're prepared."
Time will tell if another upset is in the works for the Blaze.
Burnsville's Cory Chapman battles his way through a group of Hill-Murray defenders. Photo by Adam Crane
1. Cory Chapman, Burnsville
Chapman was all over the ice (in a good way) and his efforts stood out in a tight game. The Burnsville junior scored an early third period goal and assisted on Mike Docry's game winning goal and Jace Child's empty-net goal.
2. Jace Childs, Burnsville
The Burnsville senior scored twice including an empty-net goal to seal the deal for the Blaze.
3. Loren French, Hill-Murray
French's second period power-play goal was a pretty one as he held the puck with patience and buried it past a sprawled out Bodhi Engum. The Hill-Murray senior forward also recorded two assists and played great at both ends of the ice.
Cory Chapman scored once and had two assists, and Jace Childs added two goals to lead Burnsville to a 6-4 victory over Hill-Murray in front of a packed house at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.
Chapman took advantage some Hill-Murray puck-watching and scored on a backhand shot. He also assisted on Mike Dockry's game winning goal as well as Childs' open-net goal with 33 seconds remaining in the third.
The Saturday, Nov. 27, matchup was anticipated as a "goaltender special" with Burnsville's Bodhi Engum and Hill-Murray's Tim Shaughnessy coming off solid showings during the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League this past fall.
Engum finished with 17 saves and Shaugnessy had 18.
Hill-Murray's offense was led by senior Loren French, who scored once and had two assists, and Ryan Holler, who had a goal and an assist.
Both teams have big games ahead of them. Up next for the Hill-Murray is a north/south match-up against Duluth Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Duluth.
Burnsville travels to the newly remodeled Braemar Arena to take on the defending state Class 2A champion Edina Hornets on Thursday, Dec. 2.