Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers Hoping For Second Half Surge

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: January 01, 2019 10:49 PM

Duluth, Minn. - While many familiar faces have returned to the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers this season, one notable face is missing. That of Head Coach Brendan Flaherty.


"We've tried to keep it everything the same you know I've been fortunate enough to coach with brendan for three years and he's run a great program so we've just tried to keep everything you know kind of status quo," says Interim Head Coach Bill Owens.

Assistant Coach Bill Owens is serving as Interim Head Coach as Flaherty took a leave of absence following a cancer diagnosis. Recently - he was cleared of the disease and is on the road to recovery. You may see him at the arena as he watches when he can. The team has an abundance of upper classmen, many he coached and they've been behind him every step of the way.

"Outlook of the team hasn't really changed much we are still trying to follow in his steps and trying to make him proud and mostly we're just playing for him," says Senior Forward Cole Maccoux.

Last week, they hosted their popular Hilltopper Holiday Classic, but went 0-3 as they battled it out with tough defensive teams and powerful offensive squads. The Hilltoppers are 3-7-1 overall, but with more than half of the season still in front of them, hopes remain high

"A lot of the tougher opponents that we've faced early on in the season I think are gearing us up for where we need to go and especially for the younger guys moving forward," says Senior Forward Keelan Golat.

"We just want to keep improving everyday and I think if we can do that hopefully we'll set us up well for the playoffs," says Owens.

The Hilltoppers look to the new year for a renewal of energy. A trip to the section semifinals last season left them wanting for more. No matter what, support between Flaherty and the Hilltoppers is never ending.

"We've got a lot of fast guys a lot of younger guys and they work hard but as long as we work together as a team it's going to set it up for a long time," says Maccoux.

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Alicia Tipcke

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