The game of hockey is all about perseverance.

That was key in the Mini 1-on-1 competition between the Milton and Reading girls hockey programs. Reading got out to an early lead as forward Annie Richards struck in the first round with a quick deke move against goaltender Jessica Olivieri.

Milton center Julia Neelon came back in the second and third rounds, however, to secure the victory as she scored back-to-back goals from the right side.

Milton advances to the final round against Natick or Barnstable on Dec. 9.