High school state hockey tournaments begin this week, and though they are the No. 6 seed, the Mandan girls are headed back to state for the third year in a row.
One thing that makes the Braves stand out from some of the programs is that the Mandan team consists of only one school, as opposed to nearly half the field in the tournament this week.
"We're one school, one team, we work very hard with that. I think that it's unfortunate that some of the schools are limiting number of girls that they can have play. I think if they had more teams, we'd see more girls playing and we would increase the number of teams in North Dakota and grow the sport," said Dewitt Mack, Mandan head coach.
The girls hit the ice on Thursday as they take on Grand Forks in the final game of the first round at Purpur Arena.