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Great Falls edges Gillette to begin the New Year

Great Falls edges Gillette to begin the New Year

By Kevin Scott

GILLETTE, Wyo., January 3, 2014 — Three Days after the Great Falls Americans came up short in a 4-3 loss to the Billings Bulls, the Americans wasted no time finding the back of the net in their first game of the new year against the Gillette Wild. Great Falls scored three of their five goals in the first period to edge the Wild 5-3 in front of 468 fans at the Campbell County Ice Arena.

TJ McMinn’s pass to Dalton McCann put the Wild on top 1-0 in the first 85 seconds of action. Donovan Mattfeldt, Brady Christiaens, and Steven Goran each collected power play goals as Great Falls built a 3-1 lead after the first twenty minutes. Erik Gatson recorded two assists while Cody Page, Zachary Mese, Lucas Lomax and Dylan Garton tallied one apiece.

Austin Krantz tallied the only goal for both teams in the second period to increase the lead for coach Jeff Heimel’s Americans squad to 4-1. Lomax picked up his second assist and Tanner Doty also added his first of the game. Gillette out-shot the Americans 15-10.

During the final period, Greg Sauers cut the deficit for the Wild to 4-2 on his power play goal off the stick of Andrii Istominov five minutes into the period. Lucas Lomax tacked on the final goal of the evening for the Americans with Doug Keller and Donovan Mattfeldt assisting on the scoring drive. Will Fobair chipped in the final goal for the Wyoming squad with less than two minutes remaining.

Great Falls made Gillette’s goaltenders (Michael Kitts and Josh Beatty) work hard and without much rest by forcing 30 saves on 35 shot attempts. Erik Powell registered 39 saves and Great Falls scored on their first three power plays in the first period.

Lomax led the team with a goal and two assists while teammate Donovan Mattfeldt had a goal and one assist for the Great Falls franchise. Dalton McCann, Will Fobair and Greg Sauers each chipped in a goal for the Wild.

Great Falls stays in Wyoming for Game Two of the series on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. from the Campbell County Ice Arena.

NEXT CONTEST: The Great Falls Americans will remain in Gillette for another AWHL contest on Saturday, January 4th. The game will begin at 7:30 PM.

 

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Final
Great Falls 3 1 1 5
Gillette 1 0 2 3

 

First Period 1, Gillette, Dalton McCann (assisted by TJ McMinn), 1:25. 2, Great Falls, Donovan Mattfeldt (power play) (Erik Gatson, Cody Page), 4:24. 3, Great Falls, Brady Christiaens (power play) (Zachary Mese, Lucas Lomax), 6:19. 4, Great Falls, Steven Goran (power play) (Dylan Garton, Erik Gatson), 8:46.

Second Period – 5, Great Falls, Austin Krantz (Tanner Doty, Lucas Lomax), 15:38.

Third Period – 6, Gillette, Greg Sauers (power play) (Andrii Istominov), 5:31. 7, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (Doug Keller, Donovan Mattfeldt), 9:03. 8, Gillette, Will Fobair (Brandon Castleberry), 18:21.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 35, Gillette 42.

Power-play Opportunities – Great Falls 3-for-6, Gillette 1-for-6.

Attendance – 468

Box Score: Great Falls @ Gillette

Final Campbell County Ice Arena    Fri, Jan 03, 2014 7:00 PM MST
Great Falls 5 Gillette 3

 

GAME DETAILS
SCORING SHOTS
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 3 1 1 5
Gillette 1 0 2 3
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 19 10 6 35
Gillette 6 15 21 42

 

POWERPLAYS
Great Falls 3 – 6 : Gillette 1 – 6

 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
GilletteDalton McCann (TJ McMinn) 1:25
Great FallsDonovan Mattfeldt (power play) (Erik Gatson, Cody Page) 4:24
Great FallsBrady Christiaens (power play) (Zack Mese, Lucas Lomax) 6:19
Great FallsSteven Goran (power play) (Dylan Garton, Erik Gatson) 8:46
Period 2
Great FallsAustin Krantz (Tanner Doty, Lucas Lomax) 15:38
Period 3
GilletteGreg Sauers (power play) (Andrii Istominov) 5:31
Great FallsLucas Lomax (Doug Keller, Donovan Mattfeldt) 9:03
GilletteWill Fobair (Brandon Castleberry) 18:21

 

PENALTIES
Period 1
GilletteDarren Banks – (Checking from Behind), 2 MIN, 4:15
GilletteDarren Banks – (Hooking), 2 MIN, 5:08
GilletteDarren Banks – (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) (Misconduct), 10 MIN, 5:08
GilletteBrandon Castleberry – (Kneeing), 2 MIN, 7:55
Great FallsDoug Keller – (Interference), 2 MIN, 9:13
Great FallsAustin Nottke – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 14:41
Great FallsAustin Nottke – (Third Man In) (Game Ejection), 10 MIN, 14:41
GilletteDylan Eldridge – (Fighting (Instigator)), 2 MIN, 14:41
GilletteDylan Eldridge – (Fighting) (Game Ejection), 10 MIN, 14:41
GilletteMoco Willis – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 14:41
GilletteMoco Willis – (Third Man In) (Game Ejection), 10 MIN, 14:41
GilletteDylan Eldridge – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 14:41
Period 2
Great FallsCody Page – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 0:23
Great FallsErik Powell – (Delay of Game), 2 MIN, 2:15
GilletteNick Mead – (Roughing) (Double Minor), 4 MIN, 3:56
Great FallsAustin Krantz – (Roughing) (Double Minor), 4 MIN, 3:56
Great FallsJonnathan Carpenter – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 4:13
Great FallsJonnathan Carpenter – (Boarding) (Major), 5 MIN, 4:13
Great FallsJonnathan Carpenter – (Second Misconduct) (Game Misconduct), 10 MIN, 4:13
GilletteTyler Reble – (Fighting (Instigator)), 2 MIN, 4:13
GilletteTyler Reble – (Fighting) (Major), 5 MIN, 4:13
GilletteTyler Reble – (Fighting) (Game Ejection), 10 MIN, 4:13
GilletteNick Mead – (Kneeing), 2 MIN, 13:18
Period 3
Great FallsDonovan Mattfeldt – (Holding), 2 MIN, 3:58
Great FallsZack Mese – (High Sticking), 2 MIN, 12:32
Great FallsReed Link – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 16:17

 

 Great Falls  Gillette
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Powell, Erik 0 0 0 0 0 2
4 Sartuche, Paul 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Krantz, Austin 1 0 1 +1 0 4
6 Garton, Dylan 0 1 1 0 0 0
7 Page, Cody 0 1 1 0 0 2
8 Lomax, Lucas 1 2 3 0 0 0
9 Goran, Steven 1 0 1 -1 0 0
10 Keller, Doug 0 1 1 +1 0 2
11 Kaercher, Max 0 0 0 +1 0 0
13 Mattfeldt, Donovan 1 1 2 0 0 2
14 Carpenter, Jonnathan 0 0 0 0 0 20
16 Mese, Zack 0 1 1 -1 0 2
17 Gatson, Erik 0 2 2 -1 0 0
18 Link, Reed 0 0 0 0 0 2
20 Christiaens, Brady 1 0 1 0 0 0
21 Doty, Tanner 0 1 1 +1 0 0
23 Stover, Lucas 0 0 0 -1 0 0
27 Nottke, Austin 0 0 0 0 0 15
29 Barta, Connor 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Hauser, Evan 0 0 0 0 0 0
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
5 Sigala, Adan 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Reble, Tyler 0 0 0 0 0 17
7 Mitzel, Bryce 0 0 0 -1 0 0
8 Sauers, Greg 1 0 1 +1 0 0
11 Mead, Nick 0 0 0 0 0 6
12 Fobair, Will 1 0 1 0 0 0
15 Willis, Moco 0 0 0 0 0 15
16 McCann, Dalton 1 0 1 0 0 0
17 Istominov, Andrii 0 1 1 0 0 0
20 McMinn, TJ 0 1 1 +1 0 0
21 Kasdorf, Jonathan 0 0 0 -1 0 0
22 Burke, Michael 0 0 0 -1 0 0
23 Papesh, Collin 0 0 0 -1 0 0
24 Lantz, Rob 0 0 0 -1 0 0
25 King, Alex 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Eldridge, Dylan 0 0 0 +1 0 17
29 Banks, Darren 0 0 0 0 0 14
30 Kitts, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Castleberry, Brandon 0 1 1 +1 0 2
39 Beatty, Josh 0 0 0 0 0 0
  GOALIES
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
1 Erik Powell WIN 60:00 42 39
30 Evan Hauser (b)
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
30 Michael Kitts LOSS 49:03 34 29
39 Josh Beatty 9:54 1 1

 

PENALTY TOTALS
Great Falls 51 minutes on 12 infractions Gillette 71 minutes on 12 infractions

 

 

OTHER FACTS
Game Length: 2:35
Attendance: 468