Members of Hill's 1983 God Squad still remember that trip to Rochester.
After nearly two decades of never missing a trip to STATE, Hill just had sat out the previous two years and for the third time since 1971 was about to give up its bid for a perfect season in the Pioneers' last game.
No speech was needed between second and third period, only the silence of the visitors' locker room as the home team could be heard gleefully announcing the end of the once great Hill-Murray CHAMPIONEER tradition.
Hill responded with a third period and overtime resolve to complete one of its greatest comebacks of all time and continue forward to its first perfect season, fittingly capped by the 1983 World CHAMPIONEERSHIP!
Post by Ankles Pierre, Jr. on Aug 9, 2020 13:13:29 GMT -6
Coach Skrypek and the 70's through 80's Hill-Murray CHAMPIONEERS looked forward to their trips to Rochester's Graham Arena
as much if not more than their trips to the Iron Range
for gauging Hill's readiness for STATE
beginning with Lourdes in the early Seventies and continuing with RJM by the middle of the decade.
Incidentally, while Hill had carried an undefeated record to STATE in 1970/71, 1979/80 and 1982/83,
Hill-Murray brought one loss records to many more state tournaments ...
the latest having been a one-goal loss to eventual Runner Up Rochester John Marshall right before the 1979 Tourney.
Hill beat eventual Champion RJM right before the 1977 Tourney, so the Hill hopeful entered the Civic Center praying for a faceoff against undefeated and tourney favorite Roseau, only to have to settle for fleecing the Rams and Neal B.rotten for the 1977 Consolation CHAMPIONEERSHIP and causing the Roseau coach to suffer a post game meltdown worthy of the sad sack sandbaggers from Hermantown.
RJM crushed Hill-Murray at Graham Arena before the 1978 STATE Tourney only to let the H-M CHAMPIONEERS win a consecutive STATE Consolation trophy in their 1978 rematch at the Civic Center just weeks later.
By the end of the Eighties, the tune up trips to Graham Arena and possible rematches at the Civic Center disappeared ... with Moorhead soon to take over the regular role of last regular season game.
Rochester John Marshall may have enjoyed the extra attention at the time, but it really didn't deserve the Cinderella label, especially after winning a State title ... before losing a bunch of overtime Heartbreakers to Hill-Murray during a decade and a half of RJM's state tournament appearances.
Why should a large city like Rochester, wealthy home to IBM and the Mayo Clinic, be considered a Cinderella?
Because they shared Section 1 with the three Bloomington giants, plus Apple Valley and Burnsville?
Eye don't recall anyone calling Bloomington Lincoln a Cinderella when it was ranked #1 before being crushed by Hill-Murray at the first ever real and all-inclusive Minnesota State Hockey Tournament ... or Kennedy ... or Jefferson while getting crushed by Hill-Murray in the Eighties ... or Burnsville who many even favored in its first state tournament final when it lost to the ...
1983 UNDEFEATED H-M HYPHEN-NATION WORLD CHAMPIONEERS!
John Marshall has a crosstown rival in Mayo, a conference rival in Owatonna. When Hill-Murray came to Graham Arena if you were not there by the end of the first period of the JV game you probably were not getting a seat. Unfortunately the Rockets fell on hard times and the rivalry wasn’t worth playing after Century opened.
John Marshall was a Cinderella because it had been decades since a team South of the cities had made the state tournament. On paper the ‘77 JM team was very good, 8-10 or so kids played D1 hockey, most in the WCHA.
That team was very young, a sophomore goalie for petey’s sake. Not repeating the championship shows just how hard it is to win one.
Post by Ankles Pierre, Jr. on Aug 12, 2020 20:24:18 GMT -6
Now talking about hockey is considered hijacking on what used to be ye olde "hockey" bored:
east hockey Site Admin Re: MSHSL moves football to spring Post Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:06 pm
norcon wrote: ↑Time to shut this one down boys...no one winning this argument. Was anybody delusional enough to think they would???
But, yeah, it's going the same direction the last one did. Funny how the topic header says "MSHSL moves football to spring". How long did it take for the thread to be hijacked to hockey? I know, Karl and I shut down the last "precious" topic devoted to COVID, so this is the alternative.
Until it won't be.
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