With high school state hockey tournaments starting this week, the Bismarck Blizzard have been preparing, as they're coming off a regular season that did not have a loss to an in-state opponent.
With a record like that, it's no surprise to find out Bismarck is the No. 1 seed for state.
The Blizzard finished No. 1 in the state last year and their goal is just as high this week.
"I think we've really come together as a team this year. We're getting better everyday in practice, and I think we're peaking at the right time, and we're ready for state," sophomore forward Britta Curl said.
Curl is the state's top scorer.
"We've been playing really good, really consistent, we've always been bringing our A-game to every game and practice. I think it's pretty much the same momentum we've pretty had high momentum all year expecting, since we didn't lose at all last year, we had to keep it up this year," said Anne Dickson, senior forward.
Head Coach Tim Meyer says that having depth is important, especially headed into the most important tournament of the year.
"We want to practice having depth. And so one of the big things we've looked at this year is how we compare girls together or put together different combinations that are going to provide that kind of depth that we need when we get to the state tournament," Meyer said.
The Blizzard play the first game at state on Thursday at 11 a.m. CST. They will face-off against Williston at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks.