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Blizzard Building on Success

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Last season the Bismarck Blizzard worked their way through the State tournament very quietly until the championship game.
They dominated West Fargo in the state title game.
While some teams would sit back-- the Blizzard are working even harder for back to back championships.

The 4 to nothing victory in the State championship over top seeded West Fargo gave the Blizzard a big taste of success.
That has them wanting more this season.
(ANNIE CASHMAN) "What happened to us last year was a blessing that they've got a little taste of success and they said that was a ton of fun let's go do that again instead of, ahh we won let's just pack it in."
The team is even more committed this year-- doing off ice workouts at Health Ways twice a week as well as going to a shooting facility.
"They Work as hard as any group I've ever coached."
And that work is paying off.
The Blizzard are 9 and 1 so far-- 7 and 0 in games against  teams in North Dakota.
(KYLIE YINEMAN) "We've done really good this year so far we set a goal for winning 9 out of our 10 games and we did that. We finished our goal at the Blaine tournament this year and we are really happy with that."
(KENNEDY BLAIR) "We started off this season like way stronger than last season, like we came in I guess we came in as a team more I guess."
The Blizzard success starts between the pipes with Senior Erin Clayburgh and Sophomore standout Kennedy Blair.
"We have two of the top five goaltenders in the state."
They are the 2nd and 3rd ranked goalies in the state-- Both averaging a save percentage above 90 percent.
It's a tandem that is working well for the Blizzard.
"Erin's older than me. I look up to her as an older sister I guess. We each play games and like when she needs help working on stuff I help her, when I need help she helps me"
"We're very lucky in the fact that we have a senior goalie who's a leader. She leads in the locker room and she takes a lot of the pressure of being a goaltender off Kennedy that way."
That paired with a team that seemingly scores at will "We are just more complete as a team" makes them a contender once again for a state title.
"I think the sky's the limit."

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