Howie Q&A: Duluth East hockey super-sniper Garrett Worth

Duluth East hockey super-sniper Garrett Worth, on the Greyhounds’ 4-2 win at No. 1-ranked/2A Minnetonka last Saturday afternoon (Worth had two goals, including the game-winner): “We got it done at Minnetonka. They have a lot of speed, which is why they were ranked No. 1. They scored on us early, and after that we settled down and played our game. Our forwards came back strong, and our defense played an unbelievable game. The biggest factor is that we were ready to go. Taking out No. 1, gaining the signature win we were looking for, was a good win for us.”

Worth, on the attitude of the East players and coaches at the midpoint of the season: “It’s fun coming to the rink every day. The locker room is jumping. We’re still the underdog, a role we enjoy. There’s been a lot of expectations, people watching us in the summer and fall league. We’ve handled it very well. We’ve had a couple games where we didn’t bear down, couldn’t bury the puck, but it’s starting to come. We expect to keep rolling.”

Worth, on the Greyhounds’ identity: “Hard-working guys, who like to body-up. It’s grit-and-grime before skill, for sure. Skill follows.”

Worth, on his recent goal-scoring spree (20 goals total, including 12 in his last five games): “The puck has been going in for me lately, so hopefully it continues. I’m playing with some outstanding, amazing hockey players in our dressing room. It’s been a heckuva ride so far.”

Worth, on the final 13 games in the regular season: “Lots of big games ahead. The focus is to continue to come to the rink every day with a positive attitude, to continue to work hard, and things will fall our way.”

Worth, on his expectations for the Greyhounds in the upcoming Section 7AA tournament: “Us finishing on top.”

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