Lundstrom leads Billings to big New Year's Eve win
January 1, 2015
Great Falls 1 @ Billings 6 - A hat trick by Alex Lundstrom was the highlight in Bulls' 6-1 win against the Great Falls Americans. Lundstrom's first goal came 4:36 into the second period. He then added goals at 12:20 into the second and at 17:23 into the second. Great Falls was stymied by the Billings Bulls' netminder Cole Semchak, who stopped 41 shots during the victory. Semchak certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.41 entering the contest. Billings additionally got points from Steven Thompson, who also tallied one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Billings included Reed Kaiser and Nick Rizzo, who each put in one. In addition, Billings received assists from Bryce Jensen, who had one, Tristan Henrichs, who had two, and Ian Wiljanen, who had three. Great Falls was led by Dylan Garton, who scored the team's only goal. Garton scored 7:02 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Arseny Ivanov assisted on the tally.
Gillette 5 @ Yellowstone 1 - Alex Feese had a standout game with 38 saves, and the Gillette Wild beat the Yellowstone Quake 5-1. Gillette was sparked by TJ McMinn, who registered one goal. McMinn scored 2:21 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Gillette. Brandon Beard picked up the assist. The Wild stifled Yellowstone's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Gillette forced the Quake goalie Sean Leahy to work between the pipes, taking 44 shots. Gillette also got points from Bryce Mitzel, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Gillette also had goals scored by Dalton McCann, Alex King, and Darren Banks, who each put in one. In addition, Gillette received assists from Trevor Ruiz, Lance Pennington, Kyle Traux, Rob Lantz, Brett Kramer, and Kyle Reilly, who each chipped in one. The Quake were led by Sawyer Scanlan, who scored the team's only goal. Scanlan scored 17:04 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Gillette. Sean Pilet assisted on the tally.
Twin City 2 @ Alexandria 4 - The Alexandria Blizzard and the Twin City Steel were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Alexandria made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-2. The Blizzard gained the winning advantage on a goal by Bo Gronseth 19:08 into the second period and hung on until final buzzer. Aaron Ryback had one goal and three assists to lead Alexandria. Ryback scored 19:28 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Alexandria. Gronseth provided the assist. Alexandria also got points from Jesse Norling, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Gronseth, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Alexandria also got a goal from Tyler Sworsky as well. Other players who recorded assists for Alexandria were Trent Olson, Eric Hewitt, and Tom Schmidt, who contributed one each. Twin City was helped by Mikko Aho, who registered one goal. Aho scored 18:39 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Alexandria. Jon Plaszcz assisted on the tally. Twin City additionally got points from Plaszcz, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. More assists for Twin City came via Mathias Ahman, Alex Egle, and Russel Barone, who each chipped in one. Evan Bisek made 27 saves for the Blizzard on 29 shots.