Great Falls gets back on the winning track against Gillette

 

Great Falls gets back on the winning track against Gillette

By Kevin Scott

GILLETTE, Wyo., December 7, 2013 — After a scoreless first period, the Americans added three goals in the middle period including two by Aaron McInnis, the team leader in goals scored, to give the Americans a 4-1 victory over the Gillette Wild on Saturday night in Wyoming. The Wild avoided a shutout by the Americans as TJ McMinn scored on a power play with 2:59 left in the AWHL contest. The Americans went 1-1 in their weekend series against the Gillette franchise as the Wild picked up a 4-2 win on Friday night and snapped the Americans nine game winning streak.

Both defenses never allowed their opponent to score any points during the first period. Aaron McInnis netted two of the three second period goals that the Americans were able to capitalize on. Great Falls native Brady Christiaens assisted on the first goal halfway through the second period. In addition to Christiaens assist on McInnis’ scoring drive, he scored with 6:50 on the clock. He currently leads the team in goals scored with 21. Erik Gatson found McInnis with three second remaining in the period to push Great Falls lead to 3-1 over the hometown Gillette Wild.

It took nearly 43 minutes of actual game time before Gillette got on scoreboard with a TJ McMinn goal. Brandon Miller and Dalton McCann each received an assist on McMinn’s power play goal. Lucas Lomax, the Americans second leading scorer, added his 16th goal of the season before the end of the contest. His empty net and unassisted goal came with four seconds remaining.

Both teams accrued a total of 30 minutes of penalties on 15 infractions. Erik Powell got the win for the Americans as he stopped 32 shots while Gillette goaltenders Michael Kitts and Sean Kelly combined for 25 saves.

NEXT CONTEST: The Americans (19-6) will be on the road on Thursday, December 12th to face the Glacier Nationals (12-13) in Whitefish, MT at 7:00PM. The Americans do not return to home ice until 2014 when they face the Billings Bulls on Saturday, January 11th.

 

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

 

First Period – NO SCORING.

Second Period – 1, Great Falls, Aaron McInnis (assisted by Brady Christiaens), 10:55. 2, Great Falls, Brady Christiaens (assisted by Cody Page, Doug Keller), 13:10. 3, Great Falls, Aaron McInnis (Erik Gatson), 19:56.

Third Period –4, Gillette, T.J. McMinn (power play) (Brandon Miller, Dalton McCann), 17:01. 5, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (empty net) (unassisted), 19:56.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 29, Gillette 33.

Power-play Opportunities – Great Falls 0-for-2, Gillette 1-for-5.

Attendance – 520

Box Score: Great Falls @ Gillette

 

Final Campbell County Ice Arena    Sat, Dec 07, 2013 7:00 PM MST
Great Falls 4 Gillette 1

GAME DETAILS
SCORING SHOTS
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 0 3 1 4
Gillette 0 0 1 1
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 14 7 8 29
Gillette 6 10 17 33

 

POWERPLAYS
Great Falls 0 – 2 : Gillette 1 – 5

 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
(no scoring)
Period 2
Great FallsAaron McInnis (Brady Christiaens) 10:55
Great FallsBrady Christiaens (Cody Page, Doug Keller) 13:10
Great FallsAaron McInnis (Erik Gatson) 19:57
Period 3
GilletteTJ McMinn (power play) (Brandon Miller, Dalton McCann) 17:01
Great FallsLucas Lomax (empty net) (unassisted) 19:56

 

PENALTIES
Period 1
Great FallsLucas Stover – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 15:04
Period 2
GilletteJonathan Kasdorf – (Holding), 2 MIN, 6:01
Great FallsLucas Lomax – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 6:01
GilletteTJ McMinn – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 10:39
Great FallsConnor Barta – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 10:39
GilletteDarren Banks – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 18:27
Great FallsMax Kaercher – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 18:27
Period 3
Great FallsLucas Lomax – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 1:37
GilletteMoco Willis – (Roughing) (Double Minor), 4 MIN, 8:49
Great FallsCody Page – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 9:39
Great FallsDylan Garton – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 12:18
Great FallsLucas Stover – (Interference), 2 MIN, 15:29
GilletteDarren Banks – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 18:03
Great FallsPaul Sartuche – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 18:03

 

 Great Falls  Gillette
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Powell, Erik 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Strong, Bridger 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Sartuche, Paul 0 0 0 0 0 2
6 Garton, Dylan 0 0 0 +1 0 2
7 Page, Cody 0 1 1 +3 0 2
8 Lomax, Lucas 1 0 1 +1 0 4
9 Goran, Steven 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Keller, Doug 0 1 1 +1 0 0
11 Kaercher, Max 0 0 0 +3 0 2
16 Mese, Zack 0 0 0 +1 0 0
17 Gatson, Erik 0 1 1 +1 0 0
20 Christiaens, Brady 1 1 2 +3 0 0
23 Stover, Lucas 0 0 0 +3 0 4
29 Barta, Connor 0 0 0 +1 0 2
30 Hauser, Evan 0 0 0 0 0 0
93 McInnis, Aaron 2 0 2 +2 0 0
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
5 Sigala, Adan 0 0 0 -1 0 0
6 Reble, Tyler 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Mitzel, Bryce 0 0 0 -1 0 0
8 Sauers, Greg 0 0 0 -1 0 0
10 Miller, Brandon 0 1 1 0 0 0
11 Mead, Nick 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Fobair, Will 0 0 0 -2 0 0
15 Willis, Moco 0 0 0 -3 0 4
16 McCann, Dalton 0 1 1 -2 0 0
17 Istominov, Andrii 0 0 0 -3 0 0
20 McMinn, TJ 1 0 1 0 0 2
21 Kasdorf, Jonathan 0 0 0 -1 0 2
23 Papesh, Collin 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Lantz, Rob 0 0 0 -1 0 0
25 King, Alex 0 0 0 -2 0 0
26 Eldridge, Dylan 0 0 0 -2 0 0
29 Banks, Darren 0 0 0 -1 0 4
30 Kitts, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Kelley, Sean 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Castleberry, Brandon 0 0 0 0 0 0
  GOALIES
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
1 Erik Powell WIN 60:00 33 32
30 Evan Hauser (b)
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
30 Michael Kitts LOSS 40:00 21 18
31 Sean Kelley 18:54 7 7

 

PENALTY TOTALS
Great Falls 18 minutes on 9 infractions Gillette 12 minutes on 6 infractions

 

 

OTHER FACTS
Game Length: 2:30
Attendance: 520