By: Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports USA
Q and A with hard-hitting Thief River Falls senior Micah Ranum
There’s a certain toughness that comes with playing high school hockey in northwestern Minnesota and it’s certainly in no short supply in Thief River Falls’ senior Micah Ranum.
The self-described power forward leads the Prowlers in scoring again this winter (14 goals, 16 assists, 30 points through 16 games) after scoring a team-best 24 goals as a junior.We caught up with Ranum recently to ask him about the Prowlers’ chances in Section 8A this winter, his training routine for hockey and playing a high school football game through the threat of polar bear attacks.
Question: You graduated a terrific All-State goaltender in Zane Gothberg and some other key players from last year's team. Will that change the way your team prepares for games this year, and if so, how? What additional responsibilities might you have to take on?
Answer: I believe it puts more pressure on our goalies for this year having high expectations after having a hockey player like Zane. Everyone has to pick up their own game to try and make up for what we lost last year, but we also have many experienced players who have worked hard to step it up and some new guys to be able to advance from where we ended up last year. Everybody has a goal of making the state tournament this year. My co-captain, Matt Audette, is sidelined with an injury, but he still a leader off-ice and he have to lead with my effort on-ice.
Q: Give me a short scouting report on yourself as a player. What are your strengths?
A: I am a power type forward, my speed and strength gets me to the net and keeps me there. It allows me to be a physical presence in all ends of the rink.