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Capital playoff berth in reach after 1-4 start

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If the Class AA playoffs started this week, the Capital Bruins would be the eighth seed. A tremendous turnaround for a team that started 1-4.

This is the Bruins’ moment: Controlling destiny after a rocky start.

“We were all pretty doubtful in what we were doing,” Capital head coach Kyle Mihelish said. “Going down to CMR and winning that game was big for us.”

The 20-17 road victory triggered a three-game win streak. Now, the team enjoys practice and the coaches sense the change.

“There is some enthusiasm, some excitement,” Mihelish said. “Everyone’s got a little extra pep in their step.”

Sophomore defensive tackle Alaric Greil says the team never considered not making the playoffs even after a rough start.

“We wanted to win,” Greil said. “So we put the work in. We’re going to keep going.”

Two-way player Seth Schneider is a key contributor. The senior says he is stronger now despite playing eight games.

“Your legs take a beating,” Schneider said. “That’s kind of rough, but stamina is getting easier for me.”

Success breeds confidence, but are the Bruins riding too high?

“We don’t have a problem with over confidence,” Mihelish said. “We control our own destiny.”

After their game with Missoula Big Sky, the Bruins play Butte. They have a chance to the end the season on a five-game win streak, making them a dangerous team headed toward the state playoffs.­­

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