New Arena, New Additions for Mirage

Chelsie Brown
Updated: December 04, 2018 11:26 PM

There's a sense of pride that comes with a new facility. That can be felt within the boards of the St. Luke's Proctor Sports and Events Center.

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"The place has some pretty cool energy," said Mirage head coach Glen Gilderman. "Right now, we'd be standing over in that Proctor arena seeing our breath. It would probably be colder in there than it is outside," Gilderman said about the old arena.

To start the season, the new arena has played host to some heavyweight matchups. Within Proctor/Hermantown's first seven games, five of their opponents have been ranked among the top ten in the state. During that span, the Mirage have been able to pull off four victories.

"These girls play hard and their expectations are that we're going to go toe to toe with whoever they play this year," added Gilderman.

Sporting a good mixture of both younger and older players they seem compliment each other on the ice.

"We have high intensity. We're always in people's faces when they turn around with the puck," said senior forward Dehli Heikes.

"I think we control the puck really well when we're in the offensive zone and we get a lot of shots off," senior goaltender Ryan Gray added.

The Mirage are led by a Gray between the pipes. In seven games, she averages 2.75 goals against and has a .892 save percentage.

"She's a really fundamentally sound goalie," Gilderman said about Gray. "She doesn't usually have to make many big saves because she's usually in the right place."

Their leading goal scorer is sophomore Michaela Phinney who has eight goals on the season.

"She's got a really good shot, she's got good hands. She's got some teammates that have been setting her up kind of nicely here too, so it's fun to see a kid come in and have success like that," Gildermann added about Phinney.

Phinney along with many of their new players, skated with the U-15's last season. They were a part of a team that only lost three games and finished as the state tournament runner ups.

"They're good at scoring goals, they can contribute that way, they word hard all the time," Heikes said about the underclassman.

With early contributions from younger players, they're hoping to continue mesh the success of the program to one team that return to the X.


Chelsie Brown

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