Great Falls earns shutout victory over Gillette

Great Falls earns shutout victory over Gillette

By Kevin Scott

GILLETTE, Wyo., January 4, 2014 — The Great Falls Americans earned a two game sweep over the Gillette Wild on Saturday night after posting a 3-0 shutout over the Wild at the Campbell County Ice Arena. The Americans scored once in all three periods to run their record to 23-6-1 on the season. On Friday night, Great Falls defeated the Wyoming team 5-3.

Zach Mese added a goal by scoring 3:04 into the opening period. Craig Buford and Great Falls native Brady Christiaens assisted on the play.

Austin Krantz scored in the second and the third periods. His second period score came six minutes into the middle period with assistance from Dylan Garton and Austin Nottke. Nottke would also get his second assist in the closing minutes of the final period on an empty net goal by Krantz with 1:08 left in regulation.

Great Falls’ defense came up with many stops throughout the night and allowed no goals on five power play opportunities. Erik Powell had one of his better performances of the season by stopping all 39 shots that Gillette sent his way.

Gillette’s Sean Kelley recorded 25 saves in a losing effort.

NEXT CONTEST: Great Falls heads to Whitefish, MT on Friday night (January 10th) to take on the Glacier Nationals before they return to the Great Falls Ice Plex on Saturday, January 11th to face the Billings Bulls. Both games begin at 7:30 PM.

 

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Final
Great Falls 1 1 1 3
Gillette 0 0 0 0

 

First Period 1, Great Falls, Zachary Mese (assisted by Craig Buford, Brady Christiaens), 3:04.

Second Period – 2, Great Falls, Austin Krantz (Dylan Garton, Austin Nottke), 6:06.

Third Period – 3, Great Falls, Austin Krantz (empty net) (Connor Barta, Austin Nottke), 18:52.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 28, Gillette 39.

Power-play Opportunities – Great Falls 0-for-3, Gillette 0-for-5.

Attendance – 489

Box Score: Great Falls @ Gillette

Final Campbell County Ice Arena    Sat, Jan 04, 2014 7:00 PM MST
Great Falls 3 Gillette 0

 

GAME DETAILS
SCORING SHOTS
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 1 1 1 3
Gillette 0 0 0 0
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 6 15 7 28
Gillette 12 16 11 39

 

POWERPLAYS
Great Falls 0 – 3 : Gillette 0 – 5

 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
Great FallsZack Mese (Craig Buford, Brady Christiaens) 3:04
Period 2
Great FallsAustin Krantz (Dylan Garton, Austin Nottke) 6:06
Period 3
Great FallsAustin Krantz (empty net) (Connor Barta, Austin Nottke) 18:52

 

PENALTIES
Period 1
Great FallsBrady Christiaens – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 11:28
Great FallsDonovan Mattfeldt – (Interference), 2 MIN, 17:13
Great FallsZack Mese – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 18:45
Period 2
GilletteMoco Willis – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 1:55
Great FallsLucas Stover – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 8:42
GilletteDarren Banks – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 9:18
GilletteBrandon Castleberry – (Hooking), 2 MIN, 17:32
Period 3
Great FallsErik Powell – (Delay of Game), 2 MIN, 8:14

 

 Great Falls  Gillette
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Powell, Erik 0 0 0 0 0 2
3 Strong, Bridger 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Sartuche, Paul 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Krantz, Austin 2 0 2 +2 0 0
6 Garton, Dylan 0 1 1 +2 0 0
7 Page, Cody 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Lomax, Lucas 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Goran, Steven 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Keller, Doug 0 0 0 +1 0 0
11 Kaercher, Max 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Mattfeldt, Donovan 0 0 0 0 0 2
16 Mese, Zack 1 0 1 +1 0 2
17 Gatson, Erik 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Buford, Craig 0 1 1 +1 0 0
20 Christiaens, Brady 0 1 1 +1 0 2
21 Doty, Tanner 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Stover, Lucas 0 0 0 +2 0 2
27 Nottke, Austin 0 2 2 +2 0 0
29 Barta, Connor 0 1 1 +3 0 0
30 Hauser, Evan 0 0 0 0 0 0
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
2 Tennant, Austin 0 0 0 -1 0 0
5 Sigala, Adan 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Mitzel, Bryce 0 0 0 -1 0 0
8 Sauers, Greg 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Mead, Nick 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Fobair, Will 0 0 0 -1 0 0
15 Willis, Moco 0 0 0 -3 0 2
16 McCann, Dalton 0 0 0 -1 0 0
17 Istominov, Andrii 0 0 0 -1 0 0
20 McMinn, TJ 0 0 0 -1 0 0
21 Kasdorf, Jonathan 0 0 0 -1 0 0
22 Burke, Michael 0 0 0 -2 0 0
23 Papesh, Collin 0 0 0 -2 0 0
24 Lantz, Rob 0 0 0 -1 0 0
25 King, Alex 0 0 0 -1 0 0
29 Banks, Darren 0 0 0 0 0 2
31 Kelley, Sean 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Castleberry, Brandon 0 0 0 0 0 2
39 Beatty, Josh 0 0 0 0 0 0
  GOALIES
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
1 Erik Powell WIN 60:00 39 39
30 Evan Hauser (b)
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
31 Sean Kelley LOSS 59:28 27 25
39 Josh Beatty (b)

 

PENALTY TOTALS
Great Falls 10 minutes on 5 infractions Gillette 6 minutes on 3 infractions

 

Coach: Winkler, Tom

 

OTHER FACTS
Game Length: 2:05
Attendance: 489