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Americans continue to struggle against Helena

 

Americans continue to struggle against Helena

By Kevin Scott

HELENA, Mont., November 6, 2013 — The Helena Bighorns handed the Great Falls Americans their third loss of the season in a 4-3 decision at the Helena Ice Arena on Wednesday night in the Capital City.

The Americans have played their last three of four AWHL contests against a tough Helena Bighorns team that have dealt the Great Falls franchise their only losses  of the season.

After both teams defenses refused to allow the other team to score in the first period, the Bighorns took advantage in the next period by scoring 4 goals. Jacob Wolter added two goals connecting on a power play opportunity 36 seconds into the period and finding the back of the net again with 1:18 left. Sebastian Hannson and John Bonta would each get the puck by Americans goaltender Erik Powell. Aaron McInnis recorded his 13th goal of the season with Lucas Lomax and Lucas Stover picking up assists.

Brady Christiaens and Lucas Stover each tallied points for Great Falls in the final period. Lucas Lomax was credited with an assist on both goals and assists also went to Connor Barta and Lucas Stover.

The Bighorns were led by Jacob Wolter’s with two goals and an assist while Great Falls received scores from Aaron McInnis, Brady Christiaens and Lucas Stover.  Lomax and Stover had five of the six assists for coach Jeff Heimel’s squad.

Erik Powell stopped 53 shots he faced for the Americans and Alek Lazarski registered 22 saves for the Helena squad. Both teams combined for 15 infractions for 30 minutes of penalty time on the evening.

Helena (12-1) continues to lead the Americans (11-3) as the top two teams battled it out in the American West Hockey League on Wednesday night.

NEXT CONTEST: The Great Falls Americans will look for their first victory against the Bighorns on Saturday night (November 9th) at the Great Falls Ice Plex beginning at 7:30PM.

 

  Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Final
Great Falls 0 1 2 3
Helena 0 4 0 4

 

First PeriodNO SCORING

Second Period – 1, Helena, Jacob Wolter (power play) (assisted by Ryan Webber, Damon Hanson), 0:36. 2, Helena, Sebastian Hannson (power play) (Jacob Wolter, Dylan Webster), 2:21. 3, Helena, John Bonta (Brandt Miller), 4:14. 4, Great Falls, Aaron McInnis (Lucas Lomax, Lucas Stover), 18:02. 5, Helena, Jacob Wolter (Sebastian Hannson), 18:42.

Third Period – 6, Great Falls, Brady Christiaens (Lucas Lomax, Lucas Stover), 15:50. 7, Great Falls, Lucas Stover (Connor Barta, Lucas Lomax), 17:03.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 25, Helena 57.

Power-play Opportunities – Great Falls 0-for 8, Helena 2-for-5.

Attendance – 185

Box Score: Great Falls @ Helena

 

Final Helena Ice Arena    Wed, Nov 06, 2013 7:35 PM MST
Great Falls 3 Helena 4

GAME DETAILS
SCORING SHOTS
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 0 1 2 3
Helena 0 4 0 4
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 8 8 9 25
Helena 22 21 14 57

 

POWERPLAYS
Great Falls 0 – 8 : Helena 2 – 5

 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
(no scoring)
Period 2
HelenaJacob Wolter (power play) (Ryan Webber, Damon Hanson) 0:36
HelenaSebastian Hansson (power play) (Jacob Wolter, Dylan Webster) 2:21
HelenaJohn Bonta (Brandt Miller) 4:14
Great FallsAaron McInnis (Lucas Lomax, Lucas Stover) 18:02
HelenaJacob Wolter (Sebastian Hansson, Dylan Webster) 18:42
Period 3
Great FallsBrady Christiaens (Lucas Lomax, Lucas Stover) 15:50
Great FallsLucas Stover (Connor Barta, Lucas Lomax) 17:03

 

PENALTIES
Period 1
HelenaMatt Mohar – (Checking from Behind), 2 MIN, 1:58
HelenaTheo Campe – (Holding), 2 MIN, 17:18
Period 2
Great FallsConnor Barta – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 0:22
Great FallsBridger Strong – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 1:50
HelenaAustin Loes – (Hooking), 2 MIN, 4:39
Great FallsLucas Lomax – (Cross Checking), 2 MIN, 5:19
HelenaDylan Webster – (High Sticking), 2 MIN, 6:12
Great FallsBrady Christiaens – (Holding), 2 MIN, 9:44
Great FallsLucas Stover – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 10:18
HelenaDanny Case – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 14:55
Period 3
HelenaDylan Webster – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 0:21
Great FallsConnor Barta – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 0:21
HelenaMatt Mohar – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 4:15
HelenaDylan Webster – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 7:44
Great FallsZack Mese – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 9:01

 

 Great Falls  Helena
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Powell, Erik 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Strong, Bridger 0 0 0 0 0 2
4 Sartuche, Paul 0 0 0 +1 0 0
5 Krantz, Austin 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Garton, Dylan 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Page, Cody 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Lomax, Lucas 0 3 3 +2 0 2
9 Goran, Steven 0 0 0 -1 0 0
10 Keller, Doug 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Kaercher, Max 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Mattfeldt, Donovan 0 0 0 -1 0 0
14 Carpenter, Jonnathan 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Mese, Zack 0 0 0 -1 0 2
19 Larson, Bryan 0 0 0 +1 0 0
20 Christiaens, Brady 1 0 1 +1 0 2
23 Stover, Lucas 1 2 3 +3 0 2
27 Anaruk, Patrick 0 0 0 -1 0 0
29 Barta, Connor 0 1 1 0 0 4
30 Hauser, Evan 0 0 0 0 0 0
93 McInnis, Aaron 1 0 1 +1 0 0
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
4 Campe, Theo 0 0 0 -1 0 2
6 Okada, Nick 0 0 0 -2 0 0
7 Wolter, Jacob 2 1 3 -1 0 0
8 Bonta, John 1 0 1 +1 0 0
9 Hanson, Damon 0 1 1 -1 0 0
10 Webster, Dylan 0 2 2 0 0 6
16 Olson, Parker 0 0 0 -1 0 0
17 Henne, Logan 0 0 0 -1 0 0
18 Loes, Austin 0 0 0 -1 0 2
20 Case, Danny 0 0 0 0 0 2
21 Miller, Brandt 0 1 1 +1 0 0
22 Webber, Ryan 0 1 1 +1 0 0
24 Hansson, Sebastian 1 1 2 0 0 0
27 Dunn, Connor 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Skillicorn, Brian 0 0 0 -1 0 0
29 Buckholtz, Austin 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Lazarski, Alek 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Brihn, Austin 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 Mohar, Matt 0 0 0 0 0 4
44 Bock, Rory 0 0 0 +1 0 0
  GOALIES
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
1 Erik Powell LOSS 60:00 57 53
30 Evan Hauser (b)
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
31 Alek Lazarski WIN 60:00 25 22
33 Austin Brihn (b)

 

PENALTY TOTALS
Great Falls 14 minutes on 7 infractions Helena 16 minutes on 8 infractions

 

Head Coach: Cunningham, Scott
Assistant Coach: Norlin, Pat
Assistant Coach: Vanacker, Brandon
Trainer: Pippen, Robert

 

OTHER FACTS
Game Length: 2:10
Attendance: 185