Posted at: 12/30/2013 10:20 PM
Updated at: 12/31/2013 10:38 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
Experience is not something Proctor-Hermantown has in spades. With only a handful of upperclassmen, the Mirage is a youthful bunch.
"We have quite a few eighth graders who are being asked to contribute, which is different for our program," said Glen Gilderman, Proctor-Hermantown head coach. "It's fun, but there's also a lot of learning that goes on too."
Gilderman says those players are picking things up quickly and credits his senior leaders with helping them grow.
"The big thing right now is that they're learning," Gilderman said. "They're watching some really good, solid older players. They're learning important lessons that are going to help them as they get older but they're going to help us this year too."
The young skaters are starting to contribute, and their teammates are starting to notice.
"They're stepping up and we're coming together really good," said Sophie McGovern, Proctor-Hermantown sophomore forward. "Even if they don't do everything right all the time, they're still working hard. Even if they make mistakes and stuff they know how to shrug it off, and they help us so much."
Sophomore forward Sophie McGovern says she wants to lead by example and follow in the footsteps of one of her fellow players.
"I am only in tenth grade but I try to work hard all the time," McGovern said. "I also look up to Reilly. She always works hard and I think lots of people want to be like her."
Reilly Fawcett has committed to play Division I hockey at Bemidji State, but she hopes to leave a lasting impression on the up-and-coming girls at Proctor-Hermantown.
"What I try to do is just go hard all the time to set an example for the younger kids, to get that mindset that working hard will win games, and talent doesn't matter if you're working hard," Fawcett said.
Gilderman thinks if the Mirage can keep their edge, their future could be very bright.
"Keep that intensity level high," he said. "That's the key to our team, how intense and how much fun they're having."