Beyond the Blueline: Mirage Stick to "Hard Work, Works"

Chelsie Brown
January 10, 2017 10:44 PM

Around the Hermantown Hockey Arena, you may think the buzz is all about the boy's hockey program, but the combined Proctor/Hermantown girls high school team sits with a 13-4 record and is among one of the top five Class A teams in the state.

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"We keep reminding ourselves like this isn't good enough, we're not at the top yet. We don't want to get too excited about our success too early," said senior defenseman Skylar Gunderson.

Sitting where the Mirage do this season, took time said Gunderson. She along with three other current members have been a part of this varsity squad since the eighth grade.

"This is definitely one of the most talented, hardworking teams I've ever been a part of and hopefully that will really pay off in the end," said Gunderson.

"It's so cool to see how from eighth grade to now how this team has improved," said senior center Abby Halverson.

They've become a team that can put up big scores against big opponents averaging more than five goals in a game. To add that, they contribute a deep lineup that helps provide stamina for the team to finish games.

"This year we have three really deep lines. The coaches always say this is the deepest team they've ever had. Sometimes you play teams and they're only able to run two lines, so by the third period they're just dead.," said Halverson.

Although they've been bit by the injury bug sitting out a few players here and there, including their leading point scorer, the team hasn't slowed down a bit.

"We were missing some key players at the beginning of the year and they're back now. Now, we're missing some of key players. Once we get everybody healthy at the same time, I'd be afraid to play us," said Mirage Head Coach Glen Gilderman.

It's brought friendly competition for younger players to compete for starting opportunities as the team relies on the next player up. Practicing at a high level they've been ready to jump into games at that same level which has instilled more confidence for this teams future.

"This team, there's a feeling with these guys that you know they're pretty confident. They know they have to work hard," said Gilderman.

Even with the minor boost of confidence, they plan to stick to their motto "hard work, works," to carry out their hopes of a high finish again this season.


Chelsie Brown

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