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Girls Hockey: Cards move on to semis

The Willmar Cardinals celebrate a 1-0 lead over Mankato West in the first period at the Cardinal Arena: From left, Lauren Sing, Paige Davis, who scored the unassisted goal; Kendra Maxfield and Liz Gorans. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals have advanced to the Section 2A semifinals thanks to a 5-1 win over Mankato West on Thursday.

Scoring goals were Paige Davis, Annie Johnston, Kylee Hulscher and Brooke Mayer (2).

It was the final game in Cardinal Arena for five seniors.

Willmar travels to No. 1 seed Mound Westonka High School on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game, the winner advancing to the championship game at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on Feb. 16.

"We controlled play when we were the aggressor," said head coach Jason Mayer. "Baylie Young had some big stops, especially

in the first period."

Willmar improved to 14-9-2; the Scarlets end up 4-21-1.

Willmar 5, Mankato West 1

Mankato West (4-21-1) 0 1 0 -- 1

Willmar (14-9-2) 1 2 2 -- 5

FIRST PERIOD - Wil: Paige Davis 8:42

SECOND PERIOD - Wil: Annie Johnston (Shelby Schneider) 1:20 ... MW: Julia Snelson (Hanna Rehome, Britta Sturm) pp, 9:21 ... Wil: Kylee Hulscher (Samantha Block) 10:18

THIRD PERIOD - Wil: Brooke Mayer (Hulscher) 5:37 ... Wil: Mayer (Schneider) sh, 12:13

GOALIE SAVES - Mankato West: Maggie Cusey 9-7-10-26 ... Willmar: Baylie Young 5-10-10-25