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Proctor/Hermantown girls advance to first-ever state championship game

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team is advancing to their first-ever state championship game.

In the Class A state semifinals, the Mirage earned a 3-1 win over Warroad. After falling behind early, Hannah Graves scored with just 0.6 seconds left in the first period to tie the game up heading into the first intermission.

Graves scored again early in the second, followed by another from senior standout Alyssa Watkins. Goaltender Abby Pajari was a strong backbone for the Mirage, finishing with 31 saves in the game.

"Now, I mean just having this opportunity to get these girls to a position where they deserve to be is incredible. Honestly, these girls have worked extremely hard for this opportunity," said head coach Emma Stauber.

"They've had multiple chances at a state touranment throughout their youth career, especially our seniors, so we're just happy to be with them, and hopefully we can do it on Saturday."

Proctor/Hermantown has played in several third-place games, but never the state title game. They'll play the winner of Chisago Lakes vs. Gentry Academy on Saturday morning at 11:00am at the Xcel Energy Center.

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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