Proctor/Hermantown's Sophie McGovern came off the ice after a 2-1 win against New Prague on Wednesday, and she made no secret about what was on her mind.
"We get to stay at the X," McGovern told coach Glen Gilderman.
After netting two second-period goals to win the Class 1A quarterfinal, the Mirage advance to face Blake at 1 p.m. Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
McGovern scored the go-ahead goal and now gets the game against Blake she so desperately wanted.
McGovern, a senior, missed Proctor/Hermantown's regular-season game against Blake when she had emergency surgery on a cyst near her stomach. The Bears won that game 1-0.
"I couldn't be more fired up," she said.
Despite New Prague's loss, Catie Skaja provided the highlight of the night when she raced the length of the ice, weaving around defenders and finally firing into the upper right corner of the net for the game's first score in the second period.
The Mirage (20-7-1) answered less than a minute later in the second period on a slapshot score from Reilly Albert.
Later in that second period, McGovern's goal put the Mirage ahead, and though New Prague (17-10-1) applied pressure in the third period, that's the way it stayed.
"In all honestly, I think our lack of experience [at the state tournament] got the best of us," New Prague coach Andrea Peterson said. "Proctor was able to steal that momentum. … We felt it, but they got it back with that rebuttal goal."