Quote Me, Howie: Mike Randolph post-game quotes

Mike Randolph
Greyhounds Coach Mike Randolph, on his team’s impresssive 6-0 Section 7AA quarterfinal win over defending Minnesota Class AA state champion Grand Rapids on Tuesday night at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center: “It’s always a rivalry (against Grand Rapids), and like all rivalry games you don’t know what to expect. I thought we had great start with two quick ones, and that got us rolling. Other than during certain parts of our second period, which we didn’t like because we got trapped in to responding to all the chirping out there and got off our game, we were pleased. We got our game back in the third period and finished strong.”

Randolph, on the Greyhounds’ game strategy against the Thunderhawks: “No real game plan. We’re more worried about ourselves, and we believe if we play the right way that we’re a tough team to beat. We had a spell there during the regular season where we didn’t have a lot of practices, and we’ve been able to get back to practices, back to how we want to play and do things the way we want to do. When we do play our game we have a much better chance of, first, playing well — it doesn’t mean that you’ll always win — but it gives us our best chance to win.”

Randolph, on the strong cycle game by his forwards in the offensive zone: “They (Rapids) put guys up high on our points, which teams like to do. Opponents like to take our points away because we’ve got really good puck-handling defensemen. We actually like that because we’re a big, strong team down low, and we prefer to work the puck low. And I thought our guys did a heckuva job by not forcing the puck up top.”

Randolph, on his team’s powerful first line of center Garrett Worth and wingers Ian Mageau and Ryder Donovan, who have combined for 167 points, including 11 points Tuesday night: “They got it going tonight, and it was nice to see. And we need that line. That line has to be our best line, and our best players are on that line. They have to be our best players the rest of the way. They have great chemistry. Sometimes they get a bit ornery to each other, because they don’t get the puck when they think they should have, and they worry about some of the small stuff. We’re just trying to get them to worry about their next shift and to play together. When they play together, they’re pretty tough to contain.”

Randolph, on facing Duluth Marshall in a 7AA semifinal Saturday night: “Should be a heckuva game. They have a lot of high-end guys, and we like to think that our depth should help us. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to win. They got some real high-end guys and they have a heckuva power play. We have to go in disciplined, play five-on-five and hopefully we can be better than tonight. We’ll have to be better than tonight. You have to continue to be better as you advance in a tournament, or you’re going home. So, we will emphasize to the kids that this isn’t good enough. We have to get better.”

Randolph, on his team’s only game against Marshall game this season, a Greyhounds’ 3-2 win in OT on Dec. 21 at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center: “It was a heckuva game. We won in overtime, I think. We dominated them early, which we were doing to teams, and (George) Grannis got one at the end of the first or second (period). He’s one of their high-end guys, who’s so dangerous, the goal kind of turned the tide in their favor a little bit. But, that game is a long way off. We’re different, they’re different. It should be a good semifinal on Saturday night, great for Section 7AA high school hockey. Whichever team comes out of this side of the bracket, we’re cheering for. Whichever wins that game on Saturday — obviously I hope it’s us — but if it’s not us, we’ll be cheering for the ‘Toppers.”

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