Tom Mix, Published February 20 2013
'Twin telepathy' key for Davies brothers
Both Hartness brothers are three-sport athletes for the Eagles, playing football, hockey and baseball.
“We get no time off from each other,” Aidan Hartness joked.
Aidan and Tristan have been playing hockey together since the youth level and play on the same line for the Eagles, who are making their second consecutive trip to the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament this weekend.
Davies, the No. 3 seed from the East Region, plays West Region No. 2-seeded Minot today 30 minutes following the noon quarterfinal game at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Aidan, who is the starting quarterback on the Davies football team, is second on the Eagles in scoring this season with 25 points. Tristan – limited to 19 games due to injuries – has six goals and five assists for Davies (19-5-0).
More often than not, when Tristan or Aidan score a goal, it is a safe bet the other assisted on it in some way.
“I think it is just a matter of them playing together growing up,” Fargo Davies head coach Brian Davidson said. “They have always been on the same team and work well together. They are two quiet kids, but they talk to each other. It seems like the puck finds the other’s stick with them.”
Tristan has an interesting way of describing his knack for finding his brother for scoring chances.
“On the ice, it is basically twin telepathy,” Tristan said. “It works out for us. Hockey just comes easy to us, because we have grown up playing together.”
“We know where each other are on the ice the entire time,” Aidan said. “We don’t even have to look around. It is just that chemistry. … I could make a pass behind my back and I know he’ll be right there ready to score.”
In baseball, the brothers are fittingly battery mates, with Aidan playing catcher and Tristan pitching.
Tristan said he and Aidan enjoy playing hockey together the most, but the fact that they also play football and baseball helps them continually strengthen their bond as brothers and teammates.
“Playing three sports all year round helps,” Tristan said. “We work with each other during those sports and during the offseason. We constantly push each other to get better.”
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