Fawcett’s breakaways lead Mirage past RebelsHIGH SCHOOL GIRLS HOCKEY: Reilly Fawcett proved that practice makes perfect in leading Proctor-Hermantown to a 5-2 victory over Moose Lake Area on Tuesday in the Section 7A semifinals at Northwoods Arena in Cloquet.
By: Jon Nowacki, Duluth News Tribune
Proctor-Hermantown girls hockey player Reilly Fawcett worked on breakaways more this season, adding a couple of new moves to an already impressive offensive repertoire.
Fawcett proved that practice makes perfect in leading the Mirage to a 5-2 victory over Moose Lake Area on Tuesday in the Section 7A semifinals at Northwoods Arena in Cloquet.
Top-seeded Proctor-Hermantown (16-10) advances to play second-seeded Hibbing-Chisholm (12-12-2) at 6 p.m. Friday at Northwoods Arena in a rematch of last year’s Section 7A championship. The Mirage are hoping for their second state tournament after advancing as a Class AA team in 2010, while the Bluejackets are a perennial state qualifier. Fawcett, a senior center, is the only current Mirage player who was on that squad.
“That was honestly one of the best things ever to happen to me. Those are memories that stick with you,” Fawcett said. “Just being able to accomplish that as a team is just a great achievement and feeling. Now I’d love to experience that with this group.”
Proctor-Hermantown controlled the first period to take a 1-0 lead, but after Moose Lake’s Asia Gobel punched in a goal to start the second period, the high-powered Rebels were off and running, putting five shots on net in the first two minutes.
That’s when Fawcett put a stop to it. After Mirage forward Jillayne Gilbert got the puck out wide, she spotted Fawcett coming off a line change and passed her the puck. Fawcett did the rest, deftly deking left to draw the goalie before carrying the puck back across the crease and tapping it in.
“We were kind of getting outworked there, so I knew I had to change the game for our team,” Fawcett said. “So when I got that opportunity, I capitalized on it, and just changed the game.”
From there, the rest of the period was a shootout between two of the highest-scoring teams in northern Minnesota, but decidedly more in Proctor-Hermantown’s favor as the Mirage took a 4-2 lead into the second intermission. The teams combined on five goals and 25 shots in the second period alone.
“That was what we expected the whole time,” Proctor-Hermantown coach Glen Gilderman said.
The third period was more defensive as senior goalie Kylie Hommerding had 20 saves to keep the Rebels at bay. Fawcett finished with a goal and two assists, and Sophie McGovern had two goals and an assist, including an empty-net goal in the final minute to ice it.
The Mirage victory avenged a 6-4 regular-season loss at Moose Lake Area.
“The last time we played them, we had nine penalties, so we were on our heels a lot, but then we’d bounce back,” Gilderman said. “It was kind of a tennis match, so we expected that again. This time we responded the way we needed to. Reilly’s goal was kind of a wake-up call to our bench that we had to get it going. Moose Lake is scrappy. They don’t quit, even if sometimes you wished they would.”
Gobel and Jessica Bird had a goal and an assist to lead Moose Lake Area (16-9-2), while senior goalie Cassie White stopped 25 shots.
Gobel is just in eighth grade, and Bird and her twin sister, Jamie, are ninth-graders at Barnum, so the future of Moose Lake girls hockey is bright after setting a school record for wins this season.
“We expect to be better next year,” Rebels coach Joe Mohelsky said. “That’s not taking anything away from this year’s group, but with the girls we have coming back, if we keep working hard and playing within our system, that’s the direction we’re headed.”
Proctor-Hermantown stayed at Northwoods Arena to watch the second 7A semifinal pitting Hibbing-Chisholm and International Falls.
While the Mirage would like some revenge against Hibbing-Chisholm after the Bluejackets beat them in last year’s section final, just the heartache of that memory should be enough motivation for Friday.
“We’re just going to try to think of last year and how bad that felt,” Fawcett said. “Making it to the state tournament would be great, but right now, our main focus is our game on Friday.”
Moose Lake Area 0-2-0—2
First period — 1. PH, Brielle Larson (Abby Halverson), 4:48 (sh).
Second period — 2. MLA, Asia Gobel (Andrea Youngberg, Jessica Bird),1:02; 3. PH, Reilly Fawcett (Jillayne Gilbert, Sophie McGovern), 3:37; 4. PH, McGovern (Fawcett), 5:22; PH, 5. PH, Gilbert (Fawcett, Mikayla Kero), 9:02(pp); 6. MLA, Bird (Gobel), 11:32 (pp).
Third period — 7. McGovern, 16:54 (en).
Saves — Cassie White, MLA, 25; Kylie Hommerding, PH, 20.
Hibbing-Chisholm 1, International Falls 0, 2OT
Erin Scovill had just about every kind of scoring opportunity imaginable on Tuesday in the second Section 7A girls hockey semifinal at Northwoods Arena, but they all came up empty.
That is, until the second overtime.
Scovill’s shot from between the circles ended up in the top corner of the net to break a scoreless tie that had fans on the edge of their seats.
Junior goalie Megan Frider had 16 saves to lead the Bluejackets, while senior Keanna Carlson had 24 saves to lead the Broncos.
The game had to end in heartbreak for somebody, and that ended up being International Fall (15-9-3). It is the fourth straight year the Broncos have been knocked out of the playoffs in an overtime loss.
“What do you say?” International Falls coach Kevin Erickson told KSDM-FM 104.1 after the loss. “It’s hard to even talk. That’s a tough, tough loss. We knew it’d probably come down to one goal and it did.”
International Falls 0-0-0-0-0—0
First period — No scoring.
Second period — No scoring.
Third period — No scoring.
Overtime — No scoring.
Second overtime — 1. Erin Scovill (Mallorie Iozzo, Lilly Rewertz), 5:19.
Saves — Keanna Carlson, IF, 24; Megan Frider, HC, 16.