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15 penalties called as emotions run high in opening night win for Hill-Murray

Frustrations ran rampant in the rivalry matchup between Hill-Murray and Stillwater. Six body-checking minor penalties were called, along with two for roughing, one for unsportsmanlike conduct and

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Jessica Dochniak of Hill-Murray waits near the dot to take a face-off against rival Stillwater on Nov. 11, 2022, at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood, Minn. Dochniak lit the lamp for her team early in the third period.
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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Frustrations ran high in Hill-Murray's opening night win against Stillwater. A total of 15 penalties were called and emotions ran rampant in the second and third periods.

Although the score may not indicate it, the rivalry matchup was very close throughout a majority of the game. It was 0-0 until early in the third period when the Pioneers broke the tie on a top-shelf rebound shot from Jessica Dochniak, then tacked on two empty-net goals at the end of the game.

"I appreciate how our players stuck through the whole time and kept their wits about them," said Hill-Murray head coach Shawn Reid.

The Pioneers took six penalties to the Ponies nine.

"We have what we call a three-second rule. You can feel emotions for three seconds, but then you have to move on and stay focused for the next shift and the next period," Reid said.

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"Two great teams, two big rivals. I was really proud of the kids the way they battled. We just got into too many penalty issues and couldn't get our lines flowing," said Annie Cashman, Stillwater's new head coach.

The last time the two teams met was the Section 4AA semifinal where Hill-Murray won, 4-3, in overtime.

In the latest meeting, Pioneer goaltender Grace Zhan had a standout night, stopping all 22 shots she faced.

"That just feels amazing," said Zhan, a Dartmouth commit. "It was a very good kickoff for our season and we're going to be using this as encouragement."

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Hill-Murray goaltender Grace Zhan prepares to face a shot against Stillwater Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Aldrich Arena.
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Her coach spoke highly of her performance on Friday night.

"She's at a different level," Reid said. "She's an excellent goalie, one of the best in the state."

Stillwater also got mpressive goaltending, as Lily Timmons stopped 31 of 32 Hill-Murray shots on goal. The Ponies move to 1-1 on the season with the loss after defeating Forest Lake the night prior. The Pioneers are 1-0.

"You learn a lot more when you lose and you find your weaknesses, so I think this makes our kids a better hockey team and they'll learn and grow from it and move forward," said Stillwater's Cashman.

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The Ponies will focus on adjusting their power play and forecheck going forward. Stillwater plays Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Minnetonka next Saturday, Nov. 19.

Hill-Murray will head to Eden Praire on Friday, Nov. 18 for their next matchup. Reid emphasized that the squad will be working on team chemistry and overall elements of their game this week.

You can watch full postgame comments from both coaches and goaltender Grace Zhan below or on The Rink Live's YouTube channel .

The Hill-Murray-Stillwater matchup was the first The Rink Live High School Game of the Week of the 2022-23 season.

SCORING SUMMARY:

PERIOD 1: No Score
PERIOD 2: No Score
PERIOD 3:
1. HM #23 Jessica Dochniak (EV) from #18 Chloe Boreen
2. HM #18 Chloe Boreen (SHG, ENG)
3. HM #14 Shae Stinnett (ENG) from #6 Josie Skoogman and #18 Chloe Boreen

GOALTENDING STATISTICS:

HM Grace Zhan:
GA: 0 SOG/SVS: 22/22 SV%: 1.000
S Lily Timmons:
GA: 1 SOG/SVS: 31/32 SV%: .969

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PENALTY SUMMARY:

PERIOD 1:
S #8 Alexa March (Tripping - 2:00)
S #22 Addison Finn (Body Checking - 2:00)
PERIOD 2:
HM #5 Karis Weyandt (Body Checking - 2:00)
S #7 Josie St. Martin (Hooking - 2:00)
S #22 Addison Finn (Body Checking - 2:00)
S #29 Olivia Dejarnett (Body Checking - 2:00)
S #22 Addison Finn (Body Checking - 2:00)
HM #8 Ellah Hause (Tripping - 2:00)
HM #23 Jessica Dochniak (Body Checking 2:00)
PERIOD 3:
HM #23 Jessica Dochniak (Interference - 2:00)
S #3 Myah Krueger (High-Sticking - 2:00)
S #15 Kylie Ligday (Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2:00)
S #22 Addison Finn (Roughing - 2:00)
HM #21 Madelyn Morrell (Slashing - 2:00)
HM #15 Shae Stinnett (Roughing - 2:00)

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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