Created: 02/20/2014 12:40 AM KSTP.com
By: Chris Long
They didn't get to celebrate a Section Final win, but St Paul United certainly made up for it in their State Tournament debut by defeating Proctor/Hermantown 5-2.
Click the video box on this page to see highlights of St Paul United and Proctor/Hermantown in the opening round of the State Girls Hockey Tournament
United advanced to the State Tournament without playing a Section Final after scheduled opponent Achiever Academy withdrew.
Regardless how they arrived, United made the most of the opportunity upsetting the 4th-seeded Mirage to earn a spot in the Class A Final Four.
United opened the scoring with tallies from Lauren Boettcher and Lea Grobe to take a 2-0 lead in the second.
The teams alternated goals late in the second period with Joie Phelps sending United to the third period with a 3-1 lead.
Proctor/Hermantown's Mikayla Kero cut the United lead to 3-2 4:51 into the third, but United slammed the door from there.
Kate Hallett and Phelps scored about three minutes apart late in the third to give United it's 5-2 win.
Katherine Johnson made 24 stops to earn the win.
United advances to play #1-seed East Grand Forks in the State Semifinals on Friday.