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Helena Bighorns Ready for a Challenge at Nationals

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"Hard work beats talent whentalent doesn't work hard so we're confident."

That's the motto for this year's Helena Bighorns it's been three years sincethe Bighorns won a national title. On Thursday, they'll continue their quest toend that streak with their first game at nationals. One player still remainsfrom that championship team, defensemen Austin Buckholtz, and he thinks thattype of experience serves him and the team well.

"I was one of the young kids," admitted Buckholtz. "I was 17, still in high school. A bunch of 21, 20year olds playing. I learned a lot that year and hopefully I can take it tothis year and do something over there."

"I think there's some similarities," said Helena head coach Scott Cunningham. "I think our goaltending is as good as it'sever been. Defensively we're pretty sound. It's just one of those things wetalked about already, the team that makes the fewest mistakes is usually goingto win."

Their 2011 championship aside, this year's Bighorns look at one thing and onething only that gives them their biggest advantage at nationals: their speed.

"I feel like we're going to be the most conditioned team there," said defenseman Ryan Webber. "Scott skates usevery week so that's definitely going to help. Especially training up here inthe high altitude and then going down to Connecticut at sea level, that'sprobably going to be a factor as well."

"Our speed and just our puck movement to be honest," said Buckholtz. "We're a lot quicker thanmost teams."

Speed and quickness will help, but the motto remains the same.

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard so we're confident."

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