Beyond the Blueline: Hounds Have Right Ammunition to Avoid Heartbreak

Chelsie Brown
Updated: February 20, 2018 10:52 PM

The Duluth East boys' hockey team was snubbed from a state tournament appearance by the same team in back-to-back seasons. Their focus heading into the section playoffs is to make sure that doesn't happen this year.

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Not once, but twice the Hounds have experience heartbreak watching Grand Rapids rip their state tournament appearance out from underneath them.

"It's definitely in the back of my mind. Almost every single night I think about it before I go to bed," said senior forward Garrett Worth.

Ironically, the Greyhounds still have to beat the Thunderhawks in order to advance in the Section 7AA playoffs, but this time the two teams will meet in the quarterfinals.

"At the beginning of the year I never thought this was going to happen. I don't think they thought it was going to happen either," said Duluth East head coach Mike Randolph.

"I was excited because we owe them from the last two years," said senior defenseman Luke LaMaster.

Duluth East already topped the defending Class AA state champions winning 3-1 in the regular season. They say though that the playoffs are a different story.

"I mean we pay attention to regular season games, but when it comes to playoff time, it's a clean slate. Any team can win. We just have to go out there and give it our best effort," said LaMaster.

East is the team to beat. Coming into sections the top-ranked Greyhounds sport 20 wins on the season that's accompanied by ranking fourth among the state in Class AA in scoring.

Their top line turns heads. Having tallied 156 points, the trio has coined the name "Weapons of Mass Destruction."

"They're fun to put out there and they control the play. They're dangerous whenever they're out on the rink. I just hope for their sake, they get to show that off at the X," said Randolph.

The nickname stems from the last names of seniors Garrett Worth, Ian Mageau, and Ryder Donovan. They are three of 9 seniors on the roster that know the trek to the X is not an easy one.

"We hope that experience and maturity will carry through," added Randolph. It's going to have to because it's going to be pretty wild," he added.

However, the team feels like they have the right ammunition to make it happen.

"Just play the way Mike Randolph wants us to play and we'll be alright," said Worth.



Chelsie Brown

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