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Montana Hockey Team Wins National Title


The Montana Thunder Blades U-14 hockey team is national champions.

Last weekend the squad came back from the national tournament in Hackensack, New Jersey, with rings on their fingers.

After beating teams from Delaware, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, the team found itself in the national title game.

"You just think of it as any other game you've played," said Kody Chamberlin. "Just think that it's not a national championship game."

The Thunder Blades found themselves in a battle with South Dakota, where they quickly went down one to nothing.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking at first when they got their goal," said forward Ethan Cooney. "We knew we could comeback because a few games earlier in the year we had comebacks against teams like that. We just knew we could do it, and had to pick it up a little bit."

"I knew they were never getting another goal in the net," said Chamberlin. "We just came back firing."

The team did come back firing, and scored three unanswered goals, winning the title three to one.

"I was on the ice when it happened," Cooney said. "I turned around and there was one second left on the clock. I just threw up my gloves and stick, turned around and everybody else was on the ice with me."

Ethan and Kody are national champions.

Even days later, they still can't find words to describe the feeling.

"It's definitely really exciting," Cooney said. "There are not really any words to describe how I feel."

"I don't know," said Chamberlin. "It's hard to explain it."

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