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Girls hockey: Top-seeded Mirage survive scare, move onto Section 7A title game

Proctor/Hermantown and Duluth Marshall to meet Wednesday for opportunity to advance to state tournament.

Goalie makes a save
Hibbing-Chisholm goaltender Addison Hess makes a glove save on a shot by Hannah Graves of Proctor/Hermantown during the third period of a Section 7A semifinals game on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Iron Trail Motors Event Center in Virginia.
Jake Przytarski / Cloquet Pine Journal

VIRGINIA — Sophie Parendo and Izy Fairchild scored goals as top-seeded Proctor/Hermantown held off fifth-seeded Hibbing/Chisholm 2-1 in the Section 7A girls hockey semifinals Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Iron Trail Motors Event Center.

Abby Pajari added 16 saves for the defending Class A champion Mirage (18-7-1), who advanced to play second-seeded Duluth Marshall (17-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the new Virginia arena.

Trista Warmbold had a power-play goal and Addison Hess had 35 saves for Hibbing/Chisholm (12-13-2).

Duluth Marshall advanced with a 5-1 victory over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Saturday. The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 9 in Class A; Proctor/Hermantown is No. 3.


Elk River/Zimmerman 3, Grand Rapids/Greenway 1

Annelie Amme-Keller, Maddy Christian and Hailey Jussila scored goals as the Elks jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then held off the Lightning in the Section 7AA semifinals at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids.


Kalle Reed scored on assists from Kylie DeBay and Mercury Bischoff at 13:21 in the third period to pull Grand Rapids/Greenway to within two goals but that is as close as the Lightning would get as goalie Ashley Hess had 23 saves for third-seeded Elk River/Zimmerman (14-12-1).

Makenzie Cole had 17 saves for second-seeded Grand Rapids/Greenway (18-9).

The Elks advance to play top-seeded Andover (26-0), the state’s top-ranked Class AA team, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minnesota. Andover advanced with a 6-1 victory over Blaine.

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