The term "survived" came up more than once on Monday afternoon as the Duluth East boys' hockey team talked about its dramatic, come-from-behind overtime win over Andover in last week's Section 7AA championship game.
It was almost always followed by "not again."
"We played really well against Rapids, and we played really well against Marshall," head coach Mike Randolph said, referencing his team's other playoff wins. "We're hoping this was our bad game and that we pick it up going down to the tournament. We have to be better than we were against Andover."
Duluth East fell behind 2-0 in that game before rallying to tie in the third period and eventually win in overtime, but that won't be the blueprint this week at the MSHSL Class AA tournament.
"It shows us that we've really got to come out and play our game," senior goaltender Parker Kleive said. "Otherwise it could go either way, no matter the team we're playing. If we play our game, we're a hard team to beat."
The Greyhounds have earned the No. 3 seed in this year's Class AA bracket and have drawn St. Michael-Albertville as a quarterfinal opponent. That game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center.