PROCTOR-HERMANTOWN (19-7-3) VS. WARROAD (27-0-1)
What: Class A state semifinal
When: 1:30 p.m.
Where: Xcel Energy Center
Outlook: Fourth-seeded Proctor-Hermantown is making its fifth state tournament appearance and fourth since 2014, while top-seeded Warroad is making its 10th state tournament appearance since 2006, including state titles in 2010 and 2011 and four runner-up finishes. The teams didn't meet during the regular season. Warroad fell 3-2 to Breck eight seconds into overtime of last year's state title game, while Proctor-Hermantown fell 1-0 to Alexandria in the third-place game. The state's top four ranked teams all advanced to Friday's semifinals. ... Proctor-Hermantown advanced with a 3-2 victory over Rochester Lourdes as senior forward Kaitlyn Fawcett scored 1:36 into overtime to lift the Mirage. It was only Fawcett's sixth goal of the season, and it was well-placed, over the shoulder of the Lourdes goalie. Fawcett leads the team with 23 assists, while sophomore Alyssa Watkins is tops with 21 goals. Senior goalie Ryan Gray had 24 saves against Lourdes and is now 13-5-2 on the season with a 2.19 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. ... Warroad advanced with a 4-0 victory over St. Paul United as sophomore Genevieve Hendrickson had a hat trick. Hendrickson has 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points this season, while junior Hannah Corneliusen leads the Warriors with 46 goals and 30 assists for 76 points. Senior defenseman Kaitlyn Kotlowski, a Wisconsin recruit and one of five finalists for the Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award, has added 12 goals and 31 assists for 43 points while featuring a booming shot from the point. Senior goalie Quinn Kuntz, an Ohio State recruit and one of five finalists for Senior Goalie of the Year, is 26-0-1 with a 0.55 GAA, .966 save percentage and an incredible 16 shutouts as the Warriors have outscored the opposition 159-16 this season.
True that: Lourdes coach Jeff True has now seen both teams this season. The Eagles fell 2-1 at Warroad on Jan. 26 after leading going into the third period, and then to Proctor-Hermantown on Wednesday. "Proctor-Hermantown is going to need a very gritty effort," True said. "They're going to have to block a lot of shots. Warroad is a very talented, skilled team with a tremendous goalie. She's pretty remarkable. The Mirage, the way they play, it's inside-out, they block a lot of shots and they know how to play the position. They spread the ice and have a pretty good transition game, so if they can create an opportunity here and there, they'll give them a good shot. Warroad has some very high-end players, but Proctor-Hermantown has some depth. All three lines are pretty skilled, with very nice players."
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