A high-school goalie made 98 saves in one game, but his hockey team still lost 12-0
Senior Tony Bruns set a state and national record on a day his team wishes to forget
Saturday, November 26 is a day that will live in infamy in the high-school hockey world.
That's when Morris/Benson (Minnesota) senior goalie Tony Bruns set a state and national record by making 98 saves in a game against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.
No, that's not a typo.
In fact, it wasn't even a big deal for Bruns, who according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has routinely collected massive save numbers during his high-school career.
"I was a little surprised," Bruns told the Star-Tribune. "My whole career I've had a lot of shots, but never that many. I thought it was just like any other game."
Morris/Benson coach Jeremiah Day wasn't counting either. He knew Bruns had turned away plenty of shots, but had no idea how many until he checked the scoresheet after the game.
"I actually had a question about a penalty at the end of the game, so that was why we were looking at the scoresheet on the way home," Day told the Star-Tribune. "And then we saw the save total and thought, 'Oh my, what is going on, is that some sort of record?' "
The 98 saves are believed to be a national record. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations the previous record was 84 by Jamey Ramsey of Flint Northern (Michigan) in 1987.
Just to put this in perspective if you're not a hockey fan, a good amount of saves in a single game is anywhere from 30-40. Bruns pretty much tripled that.
Unfortunately for Bruns and Day, the record was bittersweet as Morris/Benson lost 12-0 in the season-opening game.
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