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Warroad reaches state championship game on Lila Lanctot natural hat trick

The Warriors will play Proctor/Hermantown for the state championship on Saturday.

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Warroad players surround goalie Kendra Nordick after defeating Thief River Falls Monday in the MN Section 8A girls tournament at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Warroad is headed to the Minnesota Class A girls hockey state championship game.

Lila Lanctot scored three goals in 1 minute, 38 seconds in the third period to help Warroad pull away from South St. Paul and win 5-0 in a semifinal game in Xcel Energy Center.

Talya Hendrickson and Madison Lavergne, who had four points, also scored for the Warriors. Kaya Sandy added three assists.

Warroad (25-3-1) advances to play Proctor/Hermantown in the state championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday in Xcel Energy Center.

The top-ranked Warriors are searching for their first state title since they won back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011. Warroad has finished runner-up three times since its last title — 2013, 2018 and 2019.

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Warroad continued to be stingy defensively.

The Warriors have not allowed a goal in 197:54 dating back to a first-period goal in the section semifinals against Thief River Falls.

On Friday afternoon, goaltender Kendra Nordick, a finalist for the state's goalie of the year award, stopped all 16 shots. Nordick made 11 saves in Warroad's 7-0 state quarterfinal victory over River Lakes.

The game remained scoreless until past the midway point of the second period when Hendrickson, a junior, scored her 34th of the season at 9:39.

“We were frustrated a little bit (after two periods),” Warroad coach David Marvin said. “We stuck to our plan, we were fortunate to be up a goal and in the end, I think we wore them out.”

Lavergne made it 2-0 with 5:14 left in the game, scoring her 14th goal of the season.

The Warriors’ 2021 season ended in the Class A semifinals with a 3-1 loss to Proctor/Hermantown.

“We’re so pumped right now,” Lavergne said. “We’re excited to go back to the ‘ship. We haven’t been there in a few years. We’re ready now.”

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Then, Lanctot reeled off three-straight goals for the Warriors. It was the first hat trick of the season for the junior.

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Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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