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Defending Class A state champion Proctor/Hermantown beats Albert Lea

The third-seeded Mirage will play second-seeded Orono in the semifinals

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Members of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team celebrate their second goal in the Class A state tournament quarterfinal game Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, scored by Jane Eckstrom, third from left. Nya Sieger, second from left, scored the team’s first goal.
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ST. PAUL — Proctor/Hermantown got two goals apiece from junior forward Nya Sieger and sophomore forward Hannah Graves on its way to beating Albert Lea 6-2 in the Class A girls hockey state quarterfinals on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

The third-seeded Mirage (20-7-1) will play second-seeded Orono (25-3-0) at 11 a.m. Friday in the state semifinals. Proctor/Hermantown is the defending state champion and suffered a 6-3 loss to Orono on Nov. 19 during the regular season.

Albert Lea (14-11-1) will play Mankato East (21-6-0) at 10 a.m. Thursday at TRIA Rink in the consolation semifinals. Mankato East beat Albert Lea 4-1 during the regular season on Dec. 2.

The Mirage led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Sieger (at 6:23) and Jane Eckstrom (12:06). Sophomore forward Izy Fairchild scored what turned out to be the game-winner. Her power-play goal at 1:50 of the second period gave Proctor/Hermantown a 3-0 lead.

Freshman forward Liley Steven scored at 9:54 of the second period to cut the deficit to 4-1. It was the first goal scored in the first state tournament appearance for the Tigers.


Freshman forward Jane Eckstrom had a goal and two assists and senior goalie Abby Pajair made 11 saves for the Mirage.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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