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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Helena Bighorns defeated the El Paso Rhinos 5-1 on Tuesday to capture USA Hockey's Tier III Junior A national championship.

Helena, the four-time reigning Northern Pacific Hockey League champion, got two goals each from forwards Ryan Parkhouse and Michael Sullivan en route to the franchise's first national title.

The Bighorns advanced to the championship game after a 4-3 semifinal win over the Walpole (Mass.) Express on Monday.

Helena finished the season with a 65-3 record.

There are 70 Tier III Junior A teams in six leagues in the United States. The championship marked the first time a team from the NorPac has won the national title.

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