Congratulations to our Hardware Hank “Nuts & Bolts” Athletes of the Week: Nathan Hardy, senior, Hermantown boys’ hockey and Randy Johnson, senior, Burnsville boys’ hockey. They were nominated by Brent Dickson and Tim Leopold.
Brent writes: Nathan was a huge reason why the Hawks were so successful this year and he really proved his worth in the state tournament. In three games he made 21, 21 and 32 saves respectively, including a highlight reel save against our rival, Duluth Marshall. When they say goalies “stood on their head,” that’s what he did.
Tim writes: What a couple of weeks Randy has had. First he faces 42 shots and stops most of them against the #1 team in the state in the section finals. Then at state, he helps the Blaze past the first round, making 27 saves. He was equally impressive in the third place game, which we lost, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort on Randy’s part. He really helped turn around a season that looked loss and helped bring the Burnsville hockey program back in the spotlight where it was for so many years.