By Charlie Habermann
The Mirage, built by Mitsubishi, is a small, subcompact car. Oddly enough, the Proctor-Hermantown-Marshall girls’ hockey team used this as inspiration for their name.
Aside from their name, the PHM Mirage are a stand-out team. Currently at 6-1, they have been recognized as one of the top teams in the state of Minnesota. One may wonder, what makes the Mirage such a successful hockey team?
Head Coach Glen Gilderman credits much of his teams’ success to their hard work that they do in the off season. “The girls attend a Player Development Camp in Hermantown in the off season,” said Gilderman, “While there, the girls work to develop their hockey skills. When the season begins, they are ready to play.”
This year, the captains of the Mirage are: Bekah Norton, Proctor; Jami Weiss, Hermantown: and Elly Power, Marshall. Besides the captains, the Mirage has strong leadership throughout the team.
While at practice, the Mirage do an array of drills. Coach Gilderman said, “We do drills called flow drills. All of these drills involve puck movement.” One of the things these drills teach is that one can always have control of the puck, even when she is tired.
The Mirage has a tough schedule as well. They play teams such as Hopkins, Eden Prairie, Wayzata, and Minnetonka. To put this in perspective, Eden Prairie won the Class AA state title last season. With the tough competition they face, the Mirage are challenged to constantly be on top of their game.
The PHM Mirage have 27 regular season games this year. They are off to a great start, and look to continue in their success.