Hill-Murray shows off shootout skills

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2012 - 2:33 AM

Willie Brown's goal after a scoreless overtime was the exclamation point the Pioneers wanted to end their tie game with the Cadets.

The last five minutes of Hill-Murray's hockey practices is reserved for players to sharpen moves that could result in goals.

Willie Brown has used the time wisely. Brown's deft shootout goal clinched a 4-3 victory against St. Thomas Academy (No. 1, Class 1A) in Friday's Schwan Cup Gold Division championship game at Ridder Arena. The game will be officially recorded as a 3-3 tie but that did not damper Brown's excitement.

With the teams tied 1-1 in the best-of-three shootout, Brown went to his backhand and made Cadets goaltender David Zevnik "bite a little bit," then switched to his forehand and blistered a shot into the upper corner.

"Especially since we suffered that loss to them earlier it was a really good way to end this game," Brown said, referring to the Cadets' 2-1 victory Dec. 15. "Scoring the game-winner tops it off."

Hill-Murray (No. 2, Class 2A) jumped to a 2-0 second-period lead Friday on goals from Zach Mills and Mitch Slattery. It was the first time in seven games the Cadets gave up more than two goals.

"When you play a team that's as good as they are defensively, you want to keep getting pucks to the net," said Pioneers assistant coach Pat Schafhauser, who filled in for head coach Bill Lechner. He flew to Colorado on Friday to meet a new grandchild.

The Cadets showed grit in coming back. Goals from Alex Johnson and Alex Broetzman tied the score 2-2 at the second intermission.

Hill-Murray defenseman Sam Becker broke the deadlock on a shot from the point at 6:08 of the third period. But the Cadets rallied to tie it 3-3 at 9:54 on a rebound goal from Gunnar Regan.

The teams did not score in the eight-minute overtime period, forcing a shootout.

Slattery scored for the Pioneers, and Henry Hart got the Cadets on the board. But Brown got the final word.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Pittsburgh 0 Bottom 7th Inning
Cincinnati 3
Tampa Bay 0 Top 6th Inning
Baltimore 3
Chicago Cubs 0 Top 5th Inning
NY Yankees 2
St. Louis 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Milwaukee 1
NY Mets - D. Gee 2:40 PM
Arizona - B. McCarthy
Atlanta - J. Teheran 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - C. Lee
Chicago Cubs - T. Wood 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - M. Pineda
Cleveland - Z. McAllister 6:08 PM
Detroit - A. Sanchez
Washington - T. Roark 6:10 PM
Miami - J. Fernandez
Seattle - F. Hernandez 7:05 PM
Texas - Y. Darvish
Boston - C. Buchholz 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - J. Danks
Kansas City - J. Guthrie 7:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland - T. Milone 9:05 PM
LA Angels - T. Skaggs
Colorado - J. De La Rosa 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Los Angeles - P. Maholm 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Chicago 6:00 PM
Indiana 6:00 PM
Atlanta 7:00 PM
Dallas 7:00 PM
Detroit 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City
Houston 7:00 PM
New Orleans
LA Lakers 7:00 PM
San Antonio
Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Utah 7:00 PM
Washington 7:00 PM
Toronto 7:00 PM
New York
Golden State 9:30 PM
LA Clippers 9:30 PM
Phoenix 9:30 PM
Montreal 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Columbus 6:30 PM
Dallas 9:00 PM
Philadelphia 6:30 PM
Red Bull New York





question of the day

Poll: Grade the Timberwolves season

Weekly Question


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters