Quote Me, Howie: Hawks boys hockey coach Patrick Andrews post-game quotes

Hermantown hockey coach Patrick Andrews, on the Hawks’ impressive 8-1 win over North Shore in their 7A quarterfinal opener Tuesday night: “Coach (Mike) Guzzo does a nice job with his team, and they had a couple nice players. They played hard, within their system, and we just had more talent and depth.”

Andrews, on International Falls, the Hawks’ 7AA semifinal opponent at 6 p.m. Friday at Amsoil Arena: “I haven’t seen the Falls play, either in person or on video. But, they’re a good team who earned the right to be here. Our scouts said they have a good goalie (senior Jake Klow, 12-9-1, 43 saves in a 3-2 double overtime win over Duluth Denfeld in a 7A quarterfinal Tuesday) and a couple of skilled forwards who get a lot of icetime, including their No. 7 (Trevor Becvar, senior defenseman) who rarely leaves the ice.”

Andrews, on the play of his Class 1A, top-ranked Hawks: “We’re playing well — and just playing our game. We’re not preparing for the next opponent necessarily, but continuing to work hard to do what we do well. We’ve done a good job all season playing excellent team defense. We started out allowing over four goals a game, against top-level opponents, and now our goals-against is down to about two (2.21) per-game. We feature some good puck-rushing defensemen and three strong forward lines.”

Andrews, on the major contributions by the third line in recent games: “The (Brandon) Schmidt line with (Jake) Hausmann and (Ben) Siljendahl (combined 12 points in the last two games) has been huge for us, and showing up on the sheet. If that line continues to play like this, I’m very excited about our chances in the post-season because depth is the major advantage we have in the section. I have confidence in all of our top three lines. Schmidt (three goals and five points in the last two games) has continued to be a great senior for us, our unsung hero.”

Andrews on junior goaltender Cole Manahan, a first-year varsity starter: “Cole has won a few games for us, hands down. His confidence has grown daily since we made a decision to go with him sometime in December. He’s always been a gamer, a 6-4 kid who’s fundamentally good and on his angles, and he’s put in his time attending goalie camps in the off-season to improve his game. What I like most about his play recently is that he’s moving to the puck, attacking it. He’s hard to score on in practices, which frustrates his teammates, and he’s been great in big games.”

Andrews, on his Hawks moving forward, as they seek a third straight Minnesota 1A state championship: “We’ve been playing our best hockey the last two weeks. Our guys are playing to win, hanging it all out there. I have complete trust in our guys, that they will continue to make plays. As long as we continue to play our game, we’ll be alright.”

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