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Orono pushes Luverne aside, advances to face Proctor-Hermantown in semis

The Spartans posted an impressive six-goal performance in the Class A quarterfinals. After the Mirage played a lackluster game earlier in the day, could Orono pull off an upset in the semifinals?

Orono defender Mae Grandy (4) celebrates a goal with teammates against Luverne in the first period Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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ST. PAUL — Orono showed complete and total dominance in its Minnesota Class A girls quarterfinal matchup against Luverne on Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center, coming away with a 6-0 victory.

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Will the Spartans be able to pull off a semifinal win against Proctor/Hermantown on Friday after their lackluster victory over Mankato East?

The 1 p.m. game was played in front of a small crowd at the X. Not many fans from Luverne were able to make the trip up due to the weather conditions, but a decent sized student section from Orono were able to make the 40-minute drive to St. Paul.

The Spartans lit the lamp midway through the first period on the power play as Anika Fortin circled behind the net and sauced the puck to senior Mae Grandy who scored from the hash marks.

"All three of our lines played really well. Celia Dahl in net, as always, was solid for us and had a great game," said Orono head coach Larry Olimb, who's in his first season with the team. "I was really proud of the effort. The girls played hard for each other and moved the puck well. A nice win against a very good Luverne team."


About 90 seconds later, Orono scored again. Macy Rasmussen danced around her defenders, cut to the net, and shot high blocker-side for the tally.

Towards the end of the first period, Fortin won a faceoff and got the puck to Zoe Lopez who shot the puck at a sharp angle and it hit the face mask/shoulder area of the Luverne goaltender and then deflected up and in.

The Spartans tallied two more goals in the second period. Maddy Kimbrel put a rebound in the back of the net while Lopez earned her second of the night as she slid the puck five-hole past goaltender Von Tersch.

Kimbrel scored again late in the third period on a shot from the left circle.

The Spartans advanced to the Class A semifinals where they will play Proctor/Hermantown on Friday at 11 a.m. The two teams previously tied, 2-2, earlier in the season.

"I know we're a good team and they're a good team, but I have confidence in the players that we have in our locker room. Honestly, I'm not really worried about that opponent, I'm more excited to just play them again," said senior defender Mae Grandy after the game.

"If our team comes out with grit, if we get the first one, it'll give us good momentum in the game, and we just have to come out with that grit," said sophomore forward Macy Rasmussen on what the team needs to do in order to get the win on Friday.

No. 3 Orono 6, Luverne 0


Orono: 3-2-1—6
Luverne: 0-0-0—0

First period scoring — 1. ORO, Mae Grandy (Anika Fortin) 5:43 (pp); 2. ORO, Macy Rasmussen (Maddy Kimbrel, Fortin) 7:07; 3. ORO, Zoe Lopez (Fortin) 11:12
Penalties — LUV, Mallory Nelson (tripping) 3:50; LUV, Nelson (tripping) 13:03; ORO, Alexa Niccum (interference) 16:41

Second period scoring — 4. ORO, Kimbrel (Grace Bickett, Rasmussen) 5:21; 5. ORO, Lopez (Fortin) 10:09
Penalties — ORO, Grandy (tripping) 2:25; ORO, Jones (tripping) 17:00

Third period scoring — 6. ORO, Kimbrel (Bickett) 12:40
Penalties — ORO, Lopez (tripping) 5:57

Goalie Saves — LUV, Mallory Von Tersch 12-14-7—33 (6GA). ORO, Celia Dahl 3-5-5—13 (0GA)

SOG — LUV, 13; ORO, 39

Penalties-minutes — LUV, 2-4; ORO, 4-8
Power-play goals-opportunities — LUV, 0-4; ORO, 1-2

Orono forward Zoe Lopez (10) tries to sneak the puck past Luverne goaltender Mallory Von Tersch (1) in the first period Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth and high school hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies.
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