Girls hockey season nearing its end

As the high school girls hockey regular season winds down, a majority of teams have only a couple of weeks left. For teams like Hill-Murray, there’s a good chance the season will last for three or four more weeks.

The Pioneers have played in the past four state tournaments and are the favorites to once against represent Section 4AA at state this season. Hill-Murray is ranked No. 2 in the state thanks to an overtime victory earlier this month. 

Earlier in January, Hill-Murray was ranked fifth and Maple Grove was No. 2. Those two teams met on Jan. 14 at Aldrich Arena and skated to a 1-1 draw through 51 regulation minutes.

Lindsey Featherstone won it for the Pioneers on a power-play goal just 23 seconds into overtime.

The victory catapulted Hill-Murray over Maple Grove and into the No. 2 slot in the Class AA rankings, behind only Edina. Maple Grove dropped to No. 3.

Hill-Murray followed up the Maple Grove win with a 6-0 victory over North/Tartan on Jan. 17. Abigail Boreen led the offensive barrage with a hat trick and an assist for a four-point game. Featherstone added a pair of assists and Mariah Keopple also recorded a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

Rachel Kennedy made 11 saves to record the shutout.

Boreen is the runaway team leader in scoring with 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists. The 21 goals are also a team high and the 19 assists tie her with Keopple for the team lead. Featherstone is second on the team in points with 25 (8 goals, 17 assists) and Keopple is third at 22.

Ava Bailey has played the majority of the minutes in goal and has a record of 13-3. Her goals-against average sits at 1.08 and she has a save percentage at .949. Kennedy is 4-0 with a 0.77 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.

Hill-Murray entered its Jan. 20 game against Breck having lost just three times all season. Eden Prairie, Edina and Elk River were responsible for the Pioneers’ losses.

Hill-Murray was back in action this week with a game at sixth-ranked Blaine on Jan. 24 and has a visit from Dodge County on Jan. 28. The Jan. 24 game was played after the deadline for this edition of the Review. The Pioneers close out the regular season with home games against St. Paul United on Jan. 31 and Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Feb. 4.

The Section 4AA playoffs begin with the quarterfinals on Feb. 11. The semifinals are Feb. 14 and the championship game is Feb. 17. All games are played at Aldrich Arena.

Mounds View and White Bear Lake, ranked 13th and 17th, respectively, appear to be the biggest threats in Section 4AA. Hill-Murray beat Mounds View in last year’s section final. North/Tartan is the only other team in the section likely to enter the post-season with a winning record.



North/Tartan entered this week with five games remaining on the schedule, including two final Metro East Conference tilts. North/Tartan visits Mahtomedi on Jan. 25 and treks north to play at Grand Rapids/Greenway on Jan. 28.

Next week, North/Tartan hosts East Ridge on Feb. 2 and is tentatively scheduled to face Simley in a makeup game on Feb. 8.

Prior to its loss to Hill-Murray on Jan. 17, North/Tartan had won three in a row. That was its second-longest winning streak of the season behind only a five-gamer in late November.

Maddie Ciolkosz and Claire Meeder continue to lead the team in scoring. Through 19 games, Ciolkosz led the team with 13 goals and 24 points and was tied for the team lead in assists with 11. Meeder also had 11 assists and was second in goals with nine and total points with 20.


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


Metro East Conference girls hockey standings (Through Jan. 19)

School • Conf. • Overall

Hill-Murray • 8-0 • 17-3

Mahtomedi • 4-3-2 • 8-11-3

Simley • 4-4 • 8-11

Hastings • 4-4 • 5-15-1

South St. Paul • 3-3-2 • 9-9-2

North/Tartan • 3-4 • 11-8

Henry Sibley • 0-8 • 7-14-1


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