Top of the Hill

December 20, 2014

George Hill is making a case for being a go-to-goalie with the Detroit Fighting Irish of the Midwest Jr. Hockey League.

One of four active goalies on the Detroit roster, Hill has shrugged off a sluggish start to the 2014-2015 season with strong outings in each of his last four appearances between the crowded pipes of the Fighting Irish.

Hill’s latest effective performance came in relief on Friday when he stopped 30 of 31 shots in just 30 minutes of work as the second-place Fighting Irish posted a 6-3 road decision over the Michigan Ice Dogs.

Over his last four appearances in the Detroit net — three partial outings and one full game — Hill has blocked 91 of 96 shots in 135 minutes of work.

For the season, the 6-foot 2, 160 pound Hill — who has a 1995 birth date — has a record of 3-3-1 to go with a 3.85 goals-against-average and .893 save percentage.

Hill’s save percentage is the best of any of the four Fighting Irish goalies.

The Fighting Irish, with a record of 20-6-3, closes out the 2014 portion of the MWJHL schedule on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. when it plays host to the Ice Dogs at the Ice Box Sports Centre.

Elsewhere around the MWJHL on Friday:

Kevin Cole scored three times to pace the first-place Traverse City Hounds to a 5-2 win over the Alpena Flyers.

The two teams play again tonight at 7 p.m. at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City.

And MWJHL scoring leader Adam Jonak tallied the hat trick as the third-place MC Monarchs scored a 7-5 road win over the Soo Firehawks.

Cody Anderson netted two goals for the Soo.

The two teams meet again tonight at 7 p.m. at Big Bear Arena in the Michigan Soo.

PHOTO: Detroit Fighting Irish goalie George Hill.

What you think about “Top of the Hill”

  1. George played a hell of a game last nite with pucks coming at him every minute and the Ice Dogs trying to get back inta that Game. It seems that George is focused and sees the puck well now it seems.

  2. Whats the matter with the Soo I ask? This is a Team that was to be one of the top teams in the league this year & a contender for the Championship. They should not be loosing all these games espesially to Michigan , Alpena and even the MC is owning the Soo. This is suprise to me that is how bad the Soo are.

  3. Irish American – am working so will not be at tomorros game.

    Fish&Chips – the Soo is rebuiding … … a lot of turnover from the last Season.

  4. btw I have been a fan of George Hill since the start and that is no offense to the other Irish’s goalies.

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