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HAVRE — Playing in the Montana Amateur Hockey Association 19U State Championship hosted at the Havre Ice Dome, Flathead Lady Fusion goalie Summer Newman, a Polson High School freshman, posted 24 saves on 26 shots on goal, helping her team to a 3-2 overtime championship victory over the Bozeman Lady Ice Dogs on Feb. 27.

The Flathead Fusion is a high school hockey team that combines players from around Northwestern Montana and plays in the Montana Amateur Hockey Association.

In the opening round of the tournament, Newman recorded 24 saves as the Lady Fusion nabbed a 5-2 win over the Glasgow Ice Dawgs. 

Against the Havre Ice Hawks, Newman allowed three goals and made 16 saves in a game that resulted in a 3-3 tie.

During the semifinal game, Newman gave up two goals and finished with 21 saves as the Lady Fusion defeated the Missoula Lady Bruins 6-2. 

At the end of regulation in the championship game, the Lady Fusion found themselves in a 2-2 dead lock with the Bozeman Lady Ice Dogs. A goal after a face off in Bozeman’s zone late in the five-minute sudden death overtime gave Flathead the championship victory.

Newman finished the season with 372 saves on 392 shots on goal, while the Lady Fusion ended the season with an 15-3-2 record and a state championship.

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