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Blizzard Ready for State Tourney

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The Bismarck Blizzard have yet to be beaten by another team in North Dakota this year.
    Their only loss this season came to a Minnesota team.
    At 18 and 0 in ND high school girls play, they are just 2 wins away from a perfect regular season.

    The Blizzard have made defending their state championship look fairly easy over the course of this year.
    As expected West Fargo has been the toughest test for the Blizzard, Bismarck won their meeting 2-1 in a shoot out.
    Bismarck hasn't faltered and is hoping two more wins before state, will have them sitting pretty.
    Head Coach Annie Cashman says she never expected this kind of season so early in her coaching career with the team.

ANNIE CASHMAN/BLIZZARD COACH "I don't think anyone ever expects to have the best season the blizzard have ever had in the regular season. I knew we had a lot of talent, and I knew that if we executed we'd be in first or second place but to be undefeated and not even have a bad day yet is unexpected. " >>

    State is just over a week away-- and a number one overall seed would be big for the blizzard.
    Cashman says another state title would validate last year's championship.
    But she and her players know just how dangerous teams are come tournament time-- last year they were the underdog, this year they are the favorites.
    Senior Captain Kennedy Hageness says this team came into the season with a goal-- and they'll look to finish it next week.

KENNEDY HAGENESS/BLIZZARD CAPTAIN "We just wanted to better than last year and go for it again. They all give us our best game so they just wanna come out and beat us."
Cashman says, "They know exactly what can happen because they've been the spoiler. They've been the upset. We kind of have a little saying "Don't be someone else's miracle on ice." That's kind of what we're taking going from there."

    Bismarck is at Fargo South-Davies Friday evening at 7:30.
    Their final home game is Saturday at 2 PM against Grand Forks.

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