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Top Games: Hill-Murray meets St. Paul United in east metro tilt

By Peter Odney, SportsEngine, 01/30/17, 12:00PM CST


Jan. 31: The Pioneers battle the United in an interclass clash of highly ranked teams.

Hill-Murray stakes its No. 2 ranking in the Class 2A coaches' poll against No. 3-1A St. Paul United in one of the final games of the regular season. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

A rotation at goaltender between eighth-grader Jillian Oncay and sophomore Kenzie Giese does not seem to affect St. Paul United negatively this season, as the No. 3-ranked team in the Class 1A state coaches' poll has cruised to a 17-4-2 record. 

The Class 1A state runner-up a year ago, United is led on offense this season by senior forward and Cornell commit Joie Phelps (23-29-52), whose 29 assists rank fifth statewide.

Sophomore Ava Bailey has been the undisputed starter for No. 2-2A Hill-Murray all season, winning 14 games and earning six shutouts between the pipes for the Pioneers (18-4-1). 

Junior forward Abigail Boreen is Hill-Murray's answer for United's Phelps, pacing the Pioneers with 24 goals and 47 points. 

With two evenly matched teams wrapping the regular season, this is our pick for the Top Game of the Week.    

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