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For most young athletes, winning a state title means everything. But if you grew up playing hockey in Great Falls, winning a Casey Cup against our neighbors to the north, might mean even more.

"Everyone in Great Falls views the Casey Cup as a more important thing than the State Tournament, and I'd really like to go out with a win in the Casey Cup," Americans Senior goalie Cole Funseth says.

"I know my parents have been living here forever, so they know what it's all about and they've been saying it's a huge deal, and last year playing in it... It felt huge," adds Junior Captain Blake Miller.

This years Americans team as played some pretty great hockey heading in. They are 19-4-2 on the season, thanks in large part to strong goal-play and strong team chemistry.

"I think we're just having a good time this year. In the past, we haven't been a team really, we worked separate units, but now we want to be here together and we're looking to work together," Funseth claims.

"Good work ethic in practice and moving the puck well during games, our systems have been working really well for us," Miller comments.

It's going to be important for the Ams to continue to focus on what they do well. They haven't seen the Canadian teams they will face, and while coach Brandon Baker will do some scouting during the tournament, it's a bit of a guessing game going in.

"You just hope that what you've done throughout the course of the year is good enough to this point. You just got to go out and play your game and hope it's better than there game," Baker says.

 A good night's sleep can also help, but that might be impossible.

"It's one of those nights where you have butterflies in your stomach to play good, but usually you don't sleep. You've got to rely on that big bowl of oatmeal in the morning," Funseth says.

Whatever you've got to do to hoist the cup at tournament's end.

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