Quote Me, Howie: Duluth Marshall’s Levi Stauber, Duluth East’s Ian Mageau pregame quotes

Duluth Marshall’s Levi Stauber, who scored three goals in an eye-popping 6-4 victory over host Cloquet in a Section 7AA high school hockey quarterfinal Tuesday night, on Saturday’s 6 p.m. semifinal matchup against top-seeded Duluth East at The Oil Can: “Two really good teams, who battled into overtime in a physical game earlier this year. East is a deep but we’re peaking — and we’ll come prepared to play our best hockey of the season. We all have to believe, as a team, that East is beatable. To beat East, it will take a tremendous effort by everyone and we all need to be on the top of our games.”

Stauber, on the Cloquet ‘W’: “We lost to the Jacks the last two years so the third time was the charm, I guess. We scored two quick goals early, and I think it struck some fear in them. We kept the pedal to the metal and finished it off. We played good defensively, shut them down for the most part, and good defense led to our good offense. Cam (Brandt, senior goaltender) played really well and kept us in the game.”

Stauber, on the Hilltoppers playing a challenging regular season schedule to prepare for a playoff run: “We held our own against some of the best teams in the state, as we gained mental toughness. We lost to (2A-No. 1) Minnetonka by a goal, and later beat (2A-No. 4) St. Thomas Academy at home. We’ve been playing our best hockey of the season since the St. Thomas Academy win, when we’ve started to shore up our defense. We’re a gritty, hard-working team that likes to go to the net, and not all of our goals are pretty. We play a 200-foot game, and we’ve been cracking down to play even stronger in our end. We have a lot of confidence in Cam.”

Stauber, a Michigan Tech commit, on his individual play this season and hockey plans moving forward: “I’ve been pleased with my season, developed a lot and became more responsible defensively as I’ve focused on playing a stronger 200-foot game and being more physical. I’ll play junior next year, either with Austin in the NA (North American Hockey League) or Dubuque in the USHL (United States Hockey League). I’m excited to be joining Tech, where I will major in engineering at an amazing school. They’re traditionally a really good team, with great coaches and outstanding facilities.”

Stauber, on the personal memories he’s made so far this season: “What a great group of guys! I’ll remember beating St. Thomas Academy, the second-ranked team in the state at the time. And, going back to Amsoil for a 7AA semi game against East in my senior year is great. Hopefully we’ll keep it going.”

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Duluth East’s Ian Mageau, on facing the mighty, upset-minded Hilltoppers: “Our rivalry has been building over the last couple of years. I’m excited, the team’s excited, and I feel good about it. I think we’ll do well.”

Mageau, on his team’s 6-0 victory over Grand Rapids in a one-sided, running-time Section 7AA high school boys hockey quarterfinal Tuesday night at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center: “It was a good team win. We fell apart a couple times in the second period, but for the most part we did the simple things, worked hard, and it turned out well. It’s always a big section game, a huge rivalry with Rapids, and it’s nice to get them back after they defeated us the last two years in the playoffs.”

Mageau, on playing right wing on the Greyhounds’ top line with rock-star center Garrett Worth and lanky left winger Ryder Donovan: “We all bring a little something different to the table. Donovan is a finesse guy who makes plays. Worth, obviously, buries the puck. I do a little bit of everything, and mostly work the corners. We work well together. Me and Donovan have played together since we were like what, three (years-old)? Worth left Proctor and joined the ‘Hounds. We have good chemistry and are good friends, which helps.”

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