Warroad rallies in third period to beat Proctor/Hermantown

February 22, 2019 05:03 PM

Top seed Warroad (28-0-1) scored four goals in the third period to complete a 5-2 comeback win over #4 Proctor/Hermantown (19-8-3) in the 2019 MSHSL Class A semifinals on Friday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.

The win sends Warroad to the state championship game against defending Class A champion #2 Breck on Saturday, February 23 at 4 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. It will be Warroad’s seventh trip to the state championship game, wining in 2010 and 2011 while finishing as state runner-up four times since 2006 when they made their first of 10 trips to the state tournament.

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Proctor/Hermantown will meet #3 Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian in the third place game on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

Junior forward Hannah Corneliusen factored into all four third period goals, scoring twice and assisting on the other two to put her at 49 goals on the season. Sophomore forward Genevieve Hendrickson had a pair of goals and an assist and sophomore defender Karlie Meeker had a pair of assists for the Warriors.

After Warroad carried a 1-0 lead out of the first period, the Mirage struck back, tying the game on a power play goal just off a two-skater advantage as senior forward Dehli Heikes scored on a one-timer from sophomore forward Alyssa Watkins and sophomore defender Ella Anick in the ninth minute. Watkins then put the Mirage ahead in the 16th minute of the second period. 

The Mirage lead held for nearly half of the third period before Warroad tied the game in the eighth minute, scoring three more times down the stretch in the period.

Warroad senior goalie Quinn Kuntz made 28 saves on the 30 shots faced in the victory.

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