Friday Finals: Bighorns win big in Bozeman
October 18, 2014
In a battle of traditional West Division powers, Granite City beat North Iowa, 3-2 on Friday night.
Helena 11 @ Bozeman 0 - Brandon Mills netted a hat trick to lead the Helena Bighorns over the Bozeman Icedogs, 11-0. Mills got on the scoresheet 6:53 into the first period. He then added goals at 8:24 into the first and at 10:47 into the second. Helena gained an early advantage, leading 4-0 by the end of the first period. The Bighorns forced Bozeman's netminders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, finishing with 41 shots and forcing 30 saves. Cody Smargiassi made 25 stops and Steven Frank made five. Helena also got points from Brandt Miller, who also racked up two goals and four assists. Others who scored for Helena included Elliot Hopkins, who had two and Isaiah Sands, Jarrett Scheibel, Matt Mohar, and Rory Bock, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Helena were Talon Bartolo, Cody Vanthournout, Brian Skillicorn, and Grant Martens, who each chipped in one, Nick Trefry, Daniel Liberko, and Logan Hulse, who contributed two each, and Kendall Bolen-Porter and Justin Provencher, who each chipped in three. Grant Martens made 20 saves for the Bighorns on 20 shots.
Toledo 2 @ Metro 3 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Metro Jets defeated the Toledo Cherokee in a shootout 3-2 (2-1 SO). The shootout lasted for nine attempts between the teams. Toledo's shootout goal was scored by Tyler Zalecki. Metro also got a shootout goal from Matt Dempsey.The Jets overcame a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. Metro trailed 2-1 after a power play goal by the Cherokee's Cody Estrel at 17:21 in the second period. The Jets tied things up at 2-2 on a short handed goal by Pearce Vance at 16:32 in the third period.Metro was helped by Zachary Koonce, who finished with one goal. Koonce scored 15:59 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Alex Holm picked up the assist. Other players who recorded assists for Metro were Kyle Shreve and Dempsey, who contributed one each. Zach Swanson also scored for Toledo. In addition, Toledo received assists from Zalecki and Mark McGee, who each chipped in one. Kameron Limburg rejected 31 shots on goal for Metro.
Minnesota 0 @ Breezy Point 2 - Philip Grippi registered one point to lead the Breezy Point North Stars to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Flying Aces. The North Stars forced Minnesota goalie Jaxson Gosnell to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots. Breezy Point also got a goal from Joe Costello as well. More assists for Breezy Point came via Crosby Steen, Nick Blanchette, and Alex Mimmack, who each chipped in one. Dakota McDonald recorded 19 saves for the North Stars.
Point Mallard 4 @ Topeka 0 - Billy Wager made 45 saves to complete the shutout and led the Point Mallard Ducks to a 4-0 win against the Topeka Capitals. Point Mallard was led by Chris Lepore, who registered one goal. Lepore scored on the power play 11:43 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Point Mallard. The Ducks had gotten the advantage when Topeka's John Crusinberry was sent off for slashing. Grant Dukus assisted on the tally. Point Mallard also had goals scored by Jake Champaign, Davis VanGemerden, and Matt Goodman, who each put in one. In addition, Point Mallard received assists from Brad Reitter and Justin Delisle, who contributed one each.
Twin City 1 @ Alexandria 6 - The Twin City Steel had trouble finding ways to stop the Alexandria Blizzard, which beat Steel, 6-1. Alexandria was sparked by Logan Norman, who registered one goal and one assist. Norman scored 15:10 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Alexandria. Nathan Scofield provided the assist. The Blizzard put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Twin City to score on any of its four power plays. The defensemen of Alexandria were also effective in the Steel's zone, and came away with two goals. Alexandria additionally got points from Tom Monteiro, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Tom Schmidt, who also had one goal and one assist, Gavin Mindt, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Scofield, who also registered one goal and one assist. Alexandria also got a goal from Jody Randall as well. Other players who recorded assists for Alexandria were Tyler Sworsky, who had two and Tyler Berginski, Matt Resch, Luke Pavelich, Tony Arias, and Nate Mettenburg, who each chipped in one. Twin City was led by David Becker, who scored the team's only goal. Becker scored 11:21 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Jared Erickson picked up the assist. Evan Bisek made 19 saves for the Blizzard on 20 shots.
Texas 2 @ Dallas 0 - Ryan Dunner gave the Texas Jr. Brahmas the lead in the first period, and the Dallas Jr. Stars was never able to catch up in a close game that ended 2-0. Texas took over the lead for good with a goal by Dunner at 4:54 in the first period. Nick Nitta provided the assist. The Jr. Brahmas were paced by Dunner, who finished with one goal. Anthony Koslow also scored for Texas. In addition, Texas received assists from John Severson, Paolo DiGenova, and Mykyta Sheptytsky, who contributed one each. Quinton Reynolds recorded 23 saves for Texas.
North Iowa 2 @ Granite City 3 - The Granite City Lumberjacks gutted out a close 3-2 win against the North Iowa Bulls. Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Dallas Marvin's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker. Marvin was all over the ice for Granite City, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Marvin scored the first of his two goals at 59 seconds into the second period to make the score 1-0 Granite City. Tanner Skaja assisted on the tally. Marvin's next tally made the score 3-2 Granite City with 6:23 left in the third period. Granite City additionally got points from Skaja, who also had one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Granite City were Jared Sprink, who had one and Alek Groth, who had two. The Bulls were helped by Dylan Zins, who grabbed one goal. Zins scored short handed 14:27 into the second period to make the score 1-1. North Iowa played down a man on Evan Mills's cross checking. Austin Jackson provided the assist. North Iowa also got a goal from Joe Burgmeier as well. In addition, North Iowa received assists from Joe Kleven and Adam Orn, who each chipped in one. The Lumberjacks' Jesse Garcia stopped 19 shots out of the 21 that he faced.
Great Falls 5 @ Gillette 2 - Marvin Simmons had one goal and two assists to lead the Great Falls Americans to a 5-2 victory over the Gillette Wild. Simmons got on the board by slotting home a short handed goal 4:15 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Great Falls. Gillette found itself down a man on Darren Banks's interference. Alex King assisted on the tally. In a losing effort, the Wild were led by Trent Dillinger, who finished with two goals. Dillinger scored the first of his two goals short handed at 5:36 into the second period to make the score 1-1. King picked up the assist. Dillinger's next tally short handed made the score 2-2 with 5:46 left in the second period. A holding call on Bryce Mitzel put Gillette on the penalty kill. Lance Pennington provided the assist. Great Falls forced Wild's goalies to work without much rest, totaling 33 shots and forcing 28 saves. Sean Kelley made 22 stops and Alex Feese made six. Great Falls additionally got points from Robert Kalata, who also had one goal and one assist, Zack Mese, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Cody Page, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Lucas Lomax also scored for Great Falls. Other players who recorded assists for Great Falls were Michael Kliment, who had one and Erik Gatson, who had two. Gillette kept Great Falls' goalie busy throughout the game, and Evan Hauser made 34 saves on 36 shots.
Glacier 3 @ Billings 7 - Nick Rizzo had two goals to lead the Billings Bulls to a 7-3 victory over Glacier. Rizzo's tallies came on the power play at 1:19 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Billings and 9:06 into the first to make the score 2-0 Billings. The Bulls' defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals. Billings additionally got points from Steven Thompson, who also registered one goal and three assists to lead the team in points, Tristan Henrichs, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Ian Wiljanen, who also had one goal and two assists, and Alex Lundstrom, who also finished with one goal and two assists. Billings also got a goal from Cameron Birklid as well. More assists for Billings came via TJ Theodosopoulos, who had two and Wolfgang Davis, Ian Eshbaugh, and Corbin Emery, who contributed one each. Glacier kept Billings' goalie busy throughout the game, and Cole Semchak made 44 saves on 47 shots. Glacier was helped by Brendan Jester, who registered one goal. Jester scored 13:28 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Billings. Karson Frisk assisted on the tally. Others who scored for Glacier included Gosnell Dekker and Sam Shaheen, who scored one goal each. In addition, Glacier received assists from Tyler McMahon, Gavin Lubin, joshua larson, and Blake Evennou, who each chipped in one. Nolan Slager made 25 saves for Glacier on 32 shots.