I went to see Hill-Murray take on Holy Angels last Thursday at Aldrich Arena. It was a pretty good game, that ended with Hill-Murray winning 3-2.
Lots of really good players on both sides in this game. You can read about it after the jump.
Overall, this was a pretty well-played game by both sides. Hill jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first period, Holy Angels responded with a goal in the second, and the third period was scoreless. Kevin Becker gave Hill-Murray the 3-2 win less than a minute into the overtime with a nice goal.As a team, Hill-Murray continues to look pretty strong. They should cruise through their section, barring a major upset. I don’t think they’ve got what it takes to match up against the best in the state at the state tournament, but on the right day, they could give anybody a run for their money. Many of the teams ahead of them in the rankings will knock each other out in sectional play, so Hill will likely be a seeded team come tournament time, which I think helps their chances. Holy Angels has a lot of talent, but it still pretty young, and I just don’t see them having enough to overcome a
The other story for Holy Angels has been the play of three ninth graders on their varsity squad: defenseman Frankie Mork, and forwards Zach Hartley and Mario Bianchi. Mork is a really skilled defenseman, but is very tiny. He's listed at 5'8" but that's got to be exaggerated by at least 3 inches. Bianchi is tiny too, listed at 5'5", but he's quick and is an excellent stickhandler. Hartley didn't stand out as much, though he did score a nice goal, but he was out there on the ice against a top 10 team in the state and didn't look out of place, which is pretty good for a freshman.