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Proctor-Hermantown blanks Luverne at state hockey tourney

The high-scoring Luverne High School girls hockey team met its match Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Proctor-Hermantown outscored the Section 3 champions 8-0 in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class A state tournament.

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ST. PAUL -- The high-scoring Luverne High School girls hockey team met its match Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Proctor-Hermantown outscored the Section 3 champions 8-0 in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class A state tournament.

Alyssa Watkins, a senior forward, raised her goal total to 22 this season by scoring five against the Cardinals.

Watkins’ season total is less than half of the Minnesota high school leader, sophomore Kamryn Van Batavia of Luverne. But Van Batavia, who scored five goals of her own to lead LHS to the section championship, 7-2 over Mankato East, was blanked like the rest of her teammates against the powerful P-H Mirage on Friday.

Proctor-Hermantown’s excellence was no mirage. The Mirage went into the game ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 3 in the state tournament seedings. With the win over Luverne, they improved their record to 19-0 and earned the right to take on second-seeded Warroad, which defeated Rochester Lourdes 10-0 in another Friday quarterfinal game.

Reece Heitzman, Hannah Kauppinen and Ella Anick scored P-H’s other goals against the Cards.

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The unranked Cardinals, who finished their season with a 16-5 record, were out-shot 48-17 by Proctor-Hermantown. The Mirage put up 20 shots in the first period and 14 each in the second and third. Luverne never attempted more than nine shots in any of the three periods.

Luverne 0 0 0 -- 0

Proctor-Hermantown 1 5 2 -- 8

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