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Fury eager for girls' hockey playoff push

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The Rock County Fury is ranked fifth in the state and recently won its first Badger Conference title.  Now, they're hoping to make a big postseason run.

The girls' hockey co-op combines players from 9 different southern Wisconsin schools.  Despite pulling players from all directions, the team has the top seed heading into the playoffs and have won 8 of their last 9 games.

"We have been playing together since we were in elementary school," said Danielle Heitsman, a senior defender from Milton. "Growing up through the sport,  all the seniors have known each other and a majority of us have kept playing together."

"Our biggest strength is that like we come to practice and we can be positive and joke around and have fun but then we also can focus up and get done what we need to get done," said Milton senior forward Ally Burke.

Typically the Fury does get it done.  The team is 19-3-2 this season.  The girls say their last loss on January 30th gives them more than enough motivation to not take any team lightly in the postseason.  With 8 seniors on the squad, the Fury is making a big push to win a title.

"We have a lot experience on the team, obviously," said Maggy Henschler, a Milton senior center.  "When we were younger we started off having to take control of the team from a young age.  We've gotten better every year and that's really getting to show us pushing that to the younger girls - showing them how it's done and really just setting a good example for the team.

"I think a lot of it is just the hard work that and the time that they put in on and off the ice," said Fury coach Luke Steurer. "We do a lot of off-ice workouts right after on-ice practices and they put in that time and effort to dedicate to themselves and the team."

The Fury will take on the Badger Lightning in round one of the playoffs this Friday.

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