Mirage, Lumberjacks Girls Hockey Teams Set to Clash for Trip to State Tournament
Puck drop for Wednesday's game is set for 7 p.m. at the St. Luke's Sports and Event Center in Proctor.
PROCTOR, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey teams have met two times this season with each squad getting a blowout win on their home ice. And Wednesday night, they’ll face-off in round three with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
The CEC girls hockey team have enjoyed a historically great season with a school-record 22 wins. And now they are back in the section title game for the first time in eleven years.
“We’re really happy with our success we’ve had in the regular season, but definitely not satisfied with that and I’ve really put that in the back-burner for now and are hoping to play well on Wednesday,” Lumberjacks head coach Courtney Olin said.
For Proctor/Hermantown, it was a slow start to the season, but they’ve rebounded impressively, riding a ten-game win streak under first year head coach Emma Stauber.
“You have that in the back of your mind that the program has been successful and you want to continue that. But it’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight,” Stauber said.
The Lumberjacks have relied heavily on their top line that has looked unstoppable at times during this season.
“No, it’s not that easy. They’re very talented. Obviously, this is the year they’ve been waiting for, for those girls to be seniors. A lot of pressure on our end to make sure we take care of it and deny them,” said Stauber.
As for the Mirage, it’s all about depth as they have found multiple contributors in the final weeks of the regular season.
“In particular the second game we played them when they beat us 6-1, it was a great learning opportunity for us. You have to give them credit. They are a very skilled team. We knew that going in and obviously, they were the better team that night,” Olin said.
For seniors on both teams, this is the last run so they plan on leaving it all on the ice for what might be the final game of their high school careers.
“It would mean the world to me. Each year we just keep getting one step higher and I really hope this year is the year that we can make it all the way to the top,” Mirage forward Sydney Skorich said.
“We want to play five more games as much as we can and just to keep playing and as us seniors, we don’t want to stop. We’re hungry. We want to go to state,” said Lumberjacks forward Dea DeLeon.
Puck drop for Wednesday’s game is set for 7 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center in Proctor.