Quote Me, Howie

I leaned on a few of my smartest hockey buddies for their thoughts on tonight’s big Duluth East vs. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton high school boys hockey game at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center:

Brian Prudhomme: “Going back to at least 1991 for me (I turned 12 that year), it’s always been one of the best rivalries the sport can offer. Various families on each side have had multiple generations of participants, and that has helped it remain a great rivalry even during some lopsided stretches. The Super Bowl was Sunday, but for some of these players, this is their proverbial Super Bowl. I just hope we see a great contest. C-E-C has the much better season going, but East has the much better history of success. I’ve been a student, fan and broadcaster over the years in this rivalry. I want to see the tradition of entertaining battles continue.”

Louie St. George: “As someone who’s out of the high school hockey loop, I can’t imagine my thoughts are worth much. If there are more than four goals total, CEC wins. Fewer than four, East wins. If there are exactly four goals, with each team having two apiece, well, then we’ll call It a tie. I expect the Greyhounds to find a way to win and split the regular-season series with Howie’s alma mater. Just can’t write off a Mike Randolph-coached club, and I think they’ll bounce back from Saturday’s ugly loss to Elk River and start to build something for the postseason.”

John Gilbert: “Great time for the big rivalry game, with Cloquet always at its best for East, and the Hounds just one faltering game past the sickness issue that cost them three games. If East doesn’t play much better than in 5-0 blowout by Elk River, goalie Konrad Kausch will have to prove again he’s the best goalie in the region.”

Bob Nygaard: “The one thing I can say about Duluth East High School (as a proud alum) is that this program has gone 67 years without a losing season. Considering the grinding regular season schedule the Greyhounds have traditionally play, that is insane. Keep in mind that the school opened as a senior high school 70 years ago.:

Steve Lent: “All area teams put their best effort into playing against East or Cloquet. When these teams play each other, it’s almost always a great game. Both teams usually have skilled lineups from the first line to fourth line, strong D, and gamers in the net. Both teams hustle from the start to finish.”

Louie Krenzen: “It’s a top-five rivalry in the state year in and year out. No matter the records for either team, every game is high intensity.”