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Americans Stay Undefeated with Win Over Billings

 

American remain undefeated with win over Billings

By Kevin Scott

GREAT FALLS, Mont., October 12, 2013 — The Great Falls Americans ran their record to 6-0 with an 8-1 victory over the Billings Bulls at home in front of 785 excited fans on Saturday night. The Americans have now won five of their six games in front of the home crowd.

Austin Krantz’s power play goal with 12:36 left in the opening period put the Americans on top 1-0. Lucas Lomax scored three of Great Falls’ eight total goals on the evening. His first goal came nine minutes into the game off a pass from Great Falls native Connor Barta and Aaron McInnis. Billings’ TJ Theodosopoulos scored the only goal in the contest for the Bulls with four seconds left in the period.

Over the next two periods, five different Americans would record goals including Lomax (2), Zachary Mese, Dylan Garton, Steven Goran and Aaron McInnis. McInnis and Lomax now lead the team in goals scored with seven on the year while Erik Gatson picked up his seventh assist.

Penalties proved to be costly for the Billings squad as they racked up 14 infractions accounting for 37 minutes while the Americans had seven penalties for 23 minutes. Great Falls connected on two power play opportunities in the first and third periods.

Evan Hauser, the Americans goalie, stopped 19 of Billings 20 shot attempts while Cole Semchek and Mark Becica combined for 35 saves for Billings. Hauser, the St. Paul Minnesota native, now has 124 saves in six games.

The Americans under head coach Jeff Heimel are now 6-0 in league play while the Bulls are now 1-5-1 on the season with their only win coming against the Yellowstone Quake.

NEXT CONTEST: Great Falls will remain at home on Friday and Saturday (October 18-19) with a two game series against the Yellowstone Quake (Cody, WY) with both games slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

 

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Final
Great Falls

2

3

3

8

Billings

1

0

0

1

 

First Period – 1, Great Falls, Austin Krantz (power play) (assists by Donovan Mattfeldt, Max Kaercher), 7:24. 2, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (Connor Barta, Aaron McInnis), 9:30. 3, Billings, TJ Theodosopoulos (Christian Akita, Steven Thompson), 19:56.

Second Period –4, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (Aaron McInnis, Erik Gatson), 8:55. 5, Great Falls Zachary Mese (Cody Page, Brady Christiaens), 14:42. 6, Great Falls, Dylan Garton (unassisted), 19:24.

Third Period – 7, Great Falls, Aaron McInnis (Erik Gatson, Donovan Mattfeldt), 6:02. 8, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (power play) (Steven Goran, Aaron McInnis), 15:26. 9, Great Falls, Steven Goran (Austin Krantz, Max Kaercher), 16:39.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 43, Billings 20.

Power-play Opportunities – Great Falls 2-for-11, Billings 0-for-2.

Attendance – 785.

Box Score: Billings @ Great Falls

Final Great Falls Iceplex    Sat, Oct 12, 2013 7:30 PM MST
Billings 1 Great Falls 8

 

GAME DETAILS
SCORING SHOTS
1 2 3 TOTALS
Billings 1 0 0 1
Great Falls 2 3 3 8
1 2 3 TOTALS
Billings 5 9 6 20
Great Falls 18 7 18 43

 

POWERPLAYS
Billings 0 – 2 : Great Falls 2 – 11

 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
Great FallsAustin Krantz (power play) (Donovan Mattfeldt, Max Kaercher) 7:24
Great FallsAaron McInnis (Lucas Lomax, Erik Gatson) 9:30
BillingsTJ Theodosopoulos (Christian Akita, Steven Thompson) 19:56
Period 2
Great FallsLucas Lomax (Aaron McInnis, Erik Gatson) 8:55
Great FallsZack Mese (Cody Page, Brady Christiaens) 14:42
Great FallsDylan Garton (unassisted) 19:24
Period 3
Great FallsAaron McInnis (Erik Gatson, Donovan Mattfeldt) 6:02
Great FallsLucas Lomax (power play) (Steven Goran, Aaron McInnis) 15:26
Great FallsSteven Goran (Austin Krantz, Max Kaercher) 16:39

 

PENALTIES
Period 1
BillingsTJ Theodosopoulos – (Cross Checking), 2 MIN, 5:32
Great FallsPatrick Anaruk – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 10:27
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 10:27
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 10:27
BillingsRyan Garvey – (Holding), 2 MIN, 13:18
Great FallsLucas Lomax – (Boarding), 2 MIN, 13:44
BillingsMatt Myers – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 14:36
BillingsRyan Garvey – (Interference), 2 MIN, 15:58
Period 2
Great FallsBryan Larson – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 11:22
Great FallsBryan Larson – (Cross Checking) (Major), 5 MIN, 15:40
BillingsJosh Pena – (Cross Checking) (Major), 5 MIN, 15:40
Great FallsCody Page – (Boarding), 2 MIN, 17:19
Great FallsCody Page – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 20:00
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 20:00
Period 3
Great FallsJonnathan Carpenter – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 8:25
BillingsMatt Myers – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 8:25
BillingsDixon Whitehead – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 9:43
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Boarding), 2 MIN, 10:38
BillingsColter Endy – (Head Contact), 2 MIN, 13:53
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 14:19
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Head Contact), 2 MIN, 17:26

 

 Billings  Great Falls
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Semchak, Cole 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Endy, Colter 0 0 0 -2 0 2
3 Karelis, Ralfs 0 0 0 -2 0 0
5 Akita, Christian 0 1 1 +1 0 0
6 Myers, Matt 0 0 0 -2 0 7
7 Garvey, Ryan 0 0 0 -2 0 4
9 Nealy, Dexter 0 0 0 -3 0 0
12 Thompson, Steven 0 1 1 -1 0 0
16 Jensen, Bryce 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Theodosopoulos, TJ 1 0 1 -2 0 2
19 Foundos, Torin 0 0 0 -2 0 0
21 Pena, Josh 0 0 0 -4 0 5
27 Nasby, Nikolas 0 0 0 -4 0 15
28 Whitehead, Dixon 0 0 0 -2 0 2
29 Becica, Mark 0 0 0 0 0 0
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Powell, Erik 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Strong, Bridger 0 0 0 +1 0 0
4 Sartuche, Paul 0 0 0 +1 0 0
5 Krantz, Austin 1 1 2 +2 0 0
6 Garton, Dylan 1 0 1 +2 0 0
7 Page, Cody 0 1 1 +1 0 4
8 Lomax, Lucas 2 1 3 +3 0 2
9 Goran, Steven 1 1 2 +1 0 0
10 Keller, Doug 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Kaercher, Max 0 2 2 +2 0 0
13 Mattfeldt, Donovan 0 2 2 +3 0 0
14 Carpenter, Jonnathan 0 0 0 0 0 5
16 Mese, Zack 1 0 1 0 0 0
17 Gatson, Erik 0 3 3 +3 0 0
19 Larson, Bryan 0 0 0 0 0 7
20 Christiaens, Brady 0 1 1 0 0 0
27 Anaruk, Patrick 0 0 0 0 0 5
29 Barta, Connor 0 0 0 +3 0 0
30 Hauser, Evan 0 0 0 0 0 0
93 McInnis, Aaron 2 2 4 +3 0 0
  GOALIES
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
1 Cole Semchak LOSS 40:00 25 20
29 Mark Becica 20:00 18 15
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
30 Evan Hauser WIN 60:00 20 19
1 Erik Powell (b)

 

PENALTY TOTALS
Billings 37 minutes on 14 infractions Great Falls 23 minutes on 7 infractions

 

 

OTHER FACTS
Game Length: 2:34
Attendance: 785