Quote Me, Howie: Patrick Andrews post-International Falls game quotes

Hermantown boys hockey coach Patrick Andrews, on the Hawks’ 6-0 Section 7A semifinal victory over International Falls on Friday night at Amsoil Arena:

“Anytime you win a hockey game it’s good. It’s not always easy to do. I know everyone thinks Hermantown is supposed to win every game. But, International Falls came out hard and played physical. They gave us some fits, especially in the second period. If they would have popped one there to make it 3-1, it would have been a totally different game. Overall, I thought we played really well and did a great job of owning the pucks. Yeah, it feels great to get the win.”

Andrews, on facing Greenway in the 7A final Wednesday night at Amsoil:

“We need to come out and establish our will. I thought we did good of that against International Falls. All three lines have been really good getting pucks deep and making plays off the back wall. It will be a battle and our boys need to be prepared. It’s really up to us — we need to take care of business, do what we do.”

Andrews, on the Hawks wanting to shore up their defensive game:

“We’ve been pushing hard on getting our goals-against down. After tonight, we might be down to allowing below two per-game. We started the season giving up over four per-game, and we needed to get it down. Lately, the defense has been great, Cole’s (Manahan, junior goaltender) been playing fantastic, and our whole team has been coming back hard to play within the dots and getting sticks on pucks in the lane, stuff like that.”

Andrews, on the ebbs and flows of the Hawks’ 25-game regular season as they prepared for the tournament:

“We were 2-3-2 before the Christmas tournament, and the boys felt the pressure because they know the expectations in town and where we want to be ourselves. Our goal is to get to state, and to win state. We were playing tight, playing OK but playing not to lose. And, we were giving up way too many goals. I thought we turned the corner in the Christmas tournament, when we started to take care of the puck and clamped down in tight games against Wayzata and (Duluth) Marshall — coming from behind in the third period — to win the title. That effort helped the boys believe in each other, and it brought us all together.”

Andrews, on his first season as Hawks head coach and following Bruce Plante, who retired after last season:

“It’s been great. I have three other coaches who are Hermantown alum. We had (Bruce) Plante as coach and we’re all good friends. So there’s a lot of pride in doing things the right way. Our senior leadership with Tyler (Watkins), Herts (Jacob Herter) and Trent Madill are the best captains a guy could ask for as a rookie coach. They’ve made it easy by getting the boys ready, allowing us to focus on the coaching.”

Andrews, on reported Plante sightings this season:

“He’s been around a lot, and we talk to him all the time. He still substitute teaches in the building, so I see him and he regularly stops in the locker room to chat. He has three grandsons in the program. He went on a month-long vacation there — it’s like his wife said, ‘We need to take a vacation finally in the winter,’ and she hauled him hiking all over the southwestern part of the country.”

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