High School Hockey Goalie Stops 98 Shots In One Game
Morris/Benson High School is actually two schools which have joined forces for one athletic team, because both are so small (Benson has only 100 students). But on the boys' hockey team, one player towers over all others in the state. That would be senior goaltender Tony Bruns.
Bruns, who has already registered single-game 60- and 70-shot stops in his career, has outdone himself. This past Saturday he stopped 98 shots for Morris-Benson against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.
His team lost, 12-0.
The stops are a state record, and believed to be a national high school record.
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Bruns didn't know he'd stopped so many shots until the bus ride home, when he complained to his coach that he was unusually sore. They looked at the stat sheet and were blown away. Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
I was a little surprised,” Bruns said. “My whole career I’ve had a lot of shots, but never that many. I thought it was just like any other game.”
Turns out out was record-setting:
The Minnesota State High School League lists a 76-save performance by River Lakes’ Spencer Theis in a 2008 game against Brainerd, and Moose Lake Area's Gage Mohelsky's 76 stops against Princeton in 2012 as the most in a regulation (no overtime) game. An 84-save game by Jamey Ramsey of Flint Northern (Michigan) in 1987 is listed as the national record by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
So high school hockey games have 15-minute periods, and that means Bruns stopped 2.2 shots per minute on Saturday. But if there's a six-goal advantage in the final five minutes, it goes to running clock -- so the shot average probably was higher.
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