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Stoneman Douglas hockey shows resiliency at nationals in Minnesota

A trip to Minnesota that's much bigger than the game.

The boys' hockey team from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is showing Minnesota what courage and resiliency is all about. 

On Feb. 14 they were in school when a shooter murdered 14 students and 3 faculty. Eleven days later they rallied from the brink of elimination to win the Statewide Amateur Hockey League of Florida, qualifying them for nationals in Minnesota. 

People in Florida were calling it a "Miracle on Ice." 

"I get that sentiment. But that wasn't a miracle," head coach Eric LaForge told ESPN. "That was 17 remarkable kids finding out what they had inside. That was all them."

The team arrived in Minnesota this week on a chartered jet, the same jet the Florida Panthers fly in on road trips, and on Thursday they began pool play at Plymouth Ice Center. 

They lost their first game 7-1 to Regis Jesuit (Colorado) and on Friday morning Edina beat them 13-3, although Stoneman Douglas was able to hang with the Hornets, trailing 3-2 before the stars from Minnesota pulled away. 

One stat that stands out from their first two games: 61 saves by Stoneman Douglas goalie Tobias Herlong in their first game, and another 42 Friday against Edina. 

They play against Saturday against a team from Indiana.  

It was expected that a team from Florida would have a tough time against top teams from traditional hockey states, but this is more than a hockey tournament for Stoneman Douglas. 

"You can't ask for more than a team of guys who understand what you're going through," says Stoneman Douglas team captain Matt Hauptman, via CBS 12. "And that they're going through the same thing with you, and everyone's coming together and making each other stronger of a team."

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