Hockey is kind of a big deal in Minnesota – look no further than the All Hockey Hair Team video if you don’t believe me. Given the sport’s popularity across the state, it’s no surprise that arguably the most ridiculous sports record of the year came out of the land of 10,000 lakes.
Tony Bruns, senior goaltender for Morris/Benson, recorded an astounding 98 saves in the team’s season opener against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato. Granted, he was 12 saves short of sending the game to overtime, but nobody’s perfect…
By my estimation, his virtuoso performance makes him the second best youth goalie of all time, right after this guy:
While high school record keeping isn’t as meticulous as the stat tracking that goes on in the pros, it’s safe to assume that Tony Bruns set a new national record. The National Federation of State High School Associations lists Jamey Ramsey’s 84-save performance in ’87 as the most saves ever recorded by a high school goalie.
To give context to Bruns’ incredible feat, NHL goalies are averaging just over 27 saves per game this season. NHL games are 3 periods of 20 minutes, while Minnesota high school games are 3 periods of 17 minutes.
So if you do a little math, 110 shots in 51 minutes equals 2.16 shots per minute, or a shot every 27.8 seconds. In other words, this kid was getting fucking bombarded.
They say defense wins championships, but Tony Bruns’ Morris/Benson teammates are gonna have to muster a little offense at some point this season if they want to compete.