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The Red Wing girls hockey team celebrates after receiving the Section 1A championship trophy following Thursday's 6-3 victory over New Prague. The Wingers will head to their fourth-straight state tournament, which begins Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Girls Hockey: Red Wing rises, state tournament next

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OWATONNA – For years, the neutral-zone trap assaulted offenses throughout professional hockey. On Thursday, the same defensive system that the NHL has tried to leave behind made a cameo at the Four Seasons Center in Owatonna.


New Prague clogged the space between the blue lines, and then collapsed to the goal crease, trying to keep Red Wing from gaining any kind of speed, or getting any open looks at the net.

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Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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