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Helena Bighorns Continue Winning Ways with Jonasson

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HELENA - During the Scott Cunningham era of Bighorns hockey, the Horns were all about out conditioning their opponents, always thriving in the third period. In year one of the Jon Jonasson era, things haven't changed that much.

"These guys work on conditioning almost two hours a day," said Jonasson. "Actually our highest scoring is in the third period too."

"We brought that back from last year," said Bighorns forward and leading scorer Brandt Miller. "It's just all about wearing them down the first couple of periods, and being better conditioned than the other team."

The Bighorns currently sit at 16-6, good for third in the Frontier. And while Jonasson is happy with where they're at, with only four players returning from last year's squad, he's still craving that consistency of teams past.

"We lost a little bit of that consistency over the last couple weeks," said Jonasson. "We're hoping to get it back this weekend before break."

"We've got a long way to go with our consistency this year," said Miller. "We've got a lot of new guys this year, and that's expected on a team like this."

Defensively the Bighorns have been one of the elite teams in NA3HL at pushing the puck and getting that pace going. That's one of the reasons defense man Nick Trefry leads all defense men in the nation with 28 points.

"We try and play and up and down game as quickly as possible," said Jonasson. "And Nick Trefry is pretty good a that. He's one of the top D in the whole league beyond the numbers so it's good having him in the back end."

"It's been kind of surreal for me," said Trefry. "Things are just clicking. Everything is so much more flowing. There's been a lot more flow, a lot more confidence in my game."

With only a little more than half of the season left for Helena, the players are hitting their winter break next week, and from there these new, younger Bighorns see no reason why they can't continue the tradition of bringing championships home to the capitol city.
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