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Lourdes Girls Hockey Comes Back Twice Before Falling in State Opener

Lourdes Girls Hockey Comes Back Twice Before Falling in State Opener

March 18, 2019 04:50 PM

(ABC  6 News) – In their first trip to the Class A state girls hockey tournament as a stand-alone program, the Lourdes Eagles played a thrilling quarterfinal game--which unfortunately did not go their way on Wednesday night.

Thanks to an early overtime goal by senior Kaitlyn Fawcett, Class A's fourth-seeded Proctor/Hermantown Mirage edged the fifth-seeded Eagles at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in overtime, 3-2. 

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After a Mirage first period goal, Eagles senior Clara Billings was able to break through the Mirage defense and tie the game at 1-1 with a goal in the second period.

That 1-1 score carried into the third before the Mirage took a 2-1 lead, and the Eagles followed that up by drawing a Proctor/Hermantown penalty with 1:32 remaining in regulation. Following the penalty, the Eagles emptied their net to create a 6-on-4 advantage, and with 53.2 seconds remaining, Eagles defenseman and Boston University Commit Maggie Hanzel tied the game at 2-2 to force overtime.

In overtime, the Mirage would set up senior Kaitlyn Fawcett for the shining moment of the night, and she delivered, ending the game with a top-shelf goal of her own to clinch a spot in the Class A semifinals.

For Lourdes, they never led at any point of the game, but they never trailed by more than one goal, something which head coach Jeff True said he was proud of.

"They’re a team that never quits," True said of his Eagles. "They show it in practice and in the offseason with how hard they work. Was I concerned after the first period? Yea, I was, but I knew they wouldn’t quit on us. They battled back, twice.”

"We knew how to diminish our nerves and focus on the eight-minute period," Billings added. "We came out strong, but we didn’t come out on top this time.”

With the loss, the Eagles move to the Class A Consolation Bracket. With the win, the Mirage will play Class A's top-seeded Warroad on Friday.

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Sean Tehan

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