Top three match-up awaits Pioneers in season opener

Of the 25 games on the Hill-Murray girls hockey schedule this season, at least 13 of them are against teams ranked in the Let s Play Hockey top 20. The Pioneers aren t easing into things either as their season opener is against the defending state champion and top-ranked team in the state.

Hill-Murray opens the 2016-17 season on Nov. 15 at Eden Prairie. 

The Pioneers are coming back following a one-loss season a year ago. The only blemish on their regular-season record was a tie in a holiday tournament.

Hill-Murray claimed the third-place trophy at the state tournament by beating Edina on the last day of the tournament. The Pioneers opened the tournament by blanking Sartell/Sauk Rapids 5-0 and then dropped a 1-0 decision to Maple Grove in the semifinals.

Also on Hill-Murray s opening-week schedule is defending Class A state champion Blake. Hill-Murray beat and tied the Blake Bears last season.

Other ranked teams on Hill-Murray s schedule this season include second-ranked Maple Grove, fourth-ranked Edina, eighth-ranked Centennial and ninth-ranked Blaine.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

   

 

2016-17 Hill-Murray girls hockey schedule

Nov. 15 at Eden Prairie 7 p.m.

Nov. 18 at Blake 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23 vs. Lakeville North 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 26 vs. Lakeville South 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 at Edina 3 p.m.

Dec. 6 vs. Henry Sibley 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 9 at South St. Paul 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 at Wayzata 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 vs. Simley 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 16 at Hastings 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 vs. North/Tartan 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22 at Stillwater 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29 at Kaposia Classic TBA

Dec. 30 at Kaposia Classic TBA

Dec. 31 at Kaposia Classic TBA

Jan. 3 at Centennial 7 p.m.

Jan. 6 at Mahtomedi 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 13 vs. Hastings 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 14 vs. Maple Grove 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 17 at North/Tartan 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 20 vs. Breck 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26 at Blaine 7 p.m.

Jan. 28 vs. Dodge County 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 vs. St. Paul United 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 vs. Benilde-St. Margaret s 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Class AA girls hockey preseason rankings

By Let s Play Hockey

Game 1  Eden Prairie

Game 2  Maple Grove

Game 3  Hill-Murray

Game 4  Edina

Game 5 - Minnetonka

Game 6  Cretin-Derham Hall

Game 7  Elk River/Zimmerman

Game 8  Centennial

Game 9  Blaine

Game 10  Wayzata

Game 11  Lakeville South

Game 12  Chaska/Chanhassen

Game 13 - Eastview

Game 14  Eagan

Game 15  Forest Lake

Game 16  White Bear Lake

Game 17  Lakeville North

Game 18  Spring Lake Park/Coon Rapids

Game 19  Stillwater

Game 20  Dodge County

 

Others receiving votes: Mounds View, Hopkins/St. Louis Park, Benilde-St. Magaret s, Farmington, Sartell/Sauk Rapids, Grand Rapids/Greenway, Cambridge-Isanti, Bloomington Jefferson, Duluth, Prior Lake, Roseau, Champlin Park, East Ridge.

 

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