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Class A Girls Hockey State Semifinal: Proctor/Hermantown 4, Orono 1

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2022 - 11:48 AM

Girls Hockey takes center state for 2022 state tournament

The Proctor/Hermantown Mirage, the Section 7A champion, was the first qualifier for the 2022 Girls Hockey State Championship game following a 4-1 victory over Orono in the Class A semifinal on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. 

Orono Junior Mae Grandy put Orono on the board early in the first period with a goal 1:26 into the game. That proved to be the only goal scored in the first period as Orono took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.  

The second period had no scoring as Proctor/Hermantown had two power-play opportunities but failed to score on either. 

After being held scoreless through two periods, Proctor/Hermantown scored four goals in the third period. Hannah Graves, assisted by Rylee Gilbertson and Kate Sandelin scored first, followed by a goal from Reese Heitzman on an assist from Nya Sieger. Later in the period Jane Eckstrom’s goal on an assist Sieger from brought the score to 3-1. Finally,  Heitzman’s empty-net goal assisted by Sieger and Izy Fairchild locked up the Mirage’s victory.  

Orono’s junior goalie, Celia Dahl finished the game with 22 saves while Proctor/Hermantown’s senior goalie Abby Pajar finished with 29 saves.  

Proctor/Hermantown advances to play the winner of the Warroad vs. South St. Paul semifinal in the Class A 2022 Girls Hockey State Championship is tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. Orono will play in the third-place game tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. 

“We had 10 girls that were returning from our championship team and that experience definitely helps. We do have some younger girls that haven't been here before going through this. I was talking to a couple of girls on the bench, saying ‘Hey, you're here for a reason. Believe in yourself. This is just hockey. It's just another game.’ You put them in this kind of environment and you just hope that they can kind of relax and play. We were able to do that.”
Proctor/Hermantown coach Emma Stauber on coming back from 1-0 deficit

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