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“We came out playing the right way and the guys put together a good whole 60 minutes,” Hunter said.

They were hard to play against, too, which in it of itself is a major victory.

“All through the lineup guys were just playing tough — not letting guys get free passes, even in front of our net, playing hard on their cycle — stuff like that,” Brouwer said. “When you play tough, when you play hard, it makes it hard for the other team to create anything.”