Late goals lift Great Falls to victory over Glacier

Late goals lift Great Falls to victory over Glacier

By Kevin Scott

GREAT FALLS, Mont., January 23, 2014 — The Great Falls Americans scored only one goal in two periods before adding two more goals in the final three minutes of regulation to hand the visiting Glacier Nationals a 3-1 loss during Bio Life Plasma Services Night at the Great Falls Ice Plex.

Brady Christiaens and Lucas Stover dished off to a wide open Cody Page to give the second place Americans a 1-0 advantage at the 13:03 mark of the opening period. Great Falls went on an offensive attack as they made Glacier goaltender Pierre Gustafsson work by firing on him a dozen times while Evan Hauser stopped all six shots that came his way for the Great Falls franchise.

It was a defensive battle in the second period as neither team got into the scoring column despite 24 scoring opportunities made by the Americans. Coach Jeff Heimel’s squad held the Nationals to just four shots on goal.

Glacier’s Tanner Dodd got the puck by Evan Hauser midway through the final period to tie the AWHL league contest at 1-1. Tucker Spooner and Austin Givens added the assists for the Whitefish, Montana franchise. The 325 fans in attendance were treated to some exciting hockey in the final 2:48 seconds as Connor Barta scored over Gustafsson to help Great Falls reclaim the lead. Austin Krantz and Zachary Mese recorded their 11th and 18th assists of the season respectively. Barta’s goal was his fourth through 35 games. Cody Page found the back of the net for the second time by scoring an empty net goal with two seconds left. Aaron McInnis picked up his team leading 33rd assist.

Great Falls dominated in the shots on goal category recording 58 shots compared to just 11 from Glacier. The Americans were unsuccessful on their five power play opportunities.

Cody Page led the Americans by scoring two out of the three goals including the empty net goal at the end of the game. Five different players assisted on the scoring drives including Brady Christiaens, Lucas Stover, Austin Krantz, Zachary Mese and Aaron McInnis.

Evan Hauser, third in the AWHL with a saves percentage of 0.929, had 10 saves on the night. Despite the loss, Pierre Gustafsson finished with 55 saves.

Tanner Doty’s roughing penalty in the third period was the only penalty on the night for the Americans. Glacier racked up 12 minutes of penalty time with six minors.

Great Falls won their 27th game of the season (27-6-2) while the Nationals move to 15-19-1.

NEXT CONTEST: The Americans return to the Great Falls Ice Plex on Friday night (January 24th) to face the Glacier Nationals. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

 

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

 

First Period 1, Great Falls, Cody Page (Brady Christiaens, Lucas Stover), 6:57.

Second Period – NO SCORING

Third Period – 2, Glacier, Tanner Dodd (Tucker Spooner, Austin Givens), 9:35. 3, Great Falls, Connor Barta (Austin Krantz, Zachary Mese), 17:12. 4, Great Falls, Cody Page (empty net) (Aaron McInnis), 19:58.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 58, Glacier 11.

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

Attendance – 325

Box Score: Glacier @ Great Falls

Final Great Falls Iceplex    Thu, Jan 23, 2014 7:30 PM MST
Glacier 1 Great Falls 3

 

GAME DETAILS
SCORING SHOTS
1 2 3 TOTALS
Glacier 0 0 1 1
Great Falls 1 0 2 3
1 2 3 TOTALS
Glacier 6 4 1 11
Great Falls 12 24 22 58

 

POWERPLAYS
Glacier 0 – 0 : Great Falls 0 – 5

 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
Great FallsCody Page (Brady Christiaens, Lucas Stover) 6:57
Period 2
(no scoring)
Period 3
GlacierTanner Dodd (Tucker Spooner, Austin Givens) 9:35
Great FallsConnor Barta (Austin Krantz, Zack Mese) 17:12
Great FallsCody Page (empty net) (Aaron McInnis) 19:58

 

PENALTIES
Period 1
GlacierCody McGlocklin – (Cross Checking), 2 MIN, 4:42
Period 2
GlacierCody McGlocklin – (Kneeing), 2 MIN, 6:16
GlacierBrett Fernandez – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 9:31
GlacierChris Cutshall – (Boarding), 2 MIN, 16:48
Period 3
Great FallsTanner Doty – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 2:40
GlacierCorbin Emery – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 2:40
GlacierTyler Latimer – (High Sticking), 2 MIN, 11:18

 

 Glacier  Great Falls
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
2 McGlocklin, Cody 0 0 0 0 0 4
3 Emery, Corbin 0 0 0 0 0 2
4 Dodd, Tanner 1 0 1 0 0 0
5 Tesarek, John 0 0 0 -1 0 0
7 Gustafsson, Pierre 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Cutshall, Chris 0 0 0 -2 0 2
9 Latimer, Tyler 0 0 0 -1 0 2
10 Fernandez, Brett 0 0 0 0 0 2
12 Svingen, Austin 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Frisk, Karson 0 0 0 +1 0 0
14 Dawson, Robert 0 0 0 -1 0 0
15 Ripple, Padraic 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Spooner, Tucker 0 1 1 -1 0 0
18 Schroeder, Jackson 0 0 0 -1 0 0
19 Dalton, Adam 0 0 0 -1 0 0
20 Archuleta, Shane 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Givens, Austin 0 1 1 -1 0 0
22 Kinder, Paul 0 0 0 -1 0 0
25 Svehn, Jonas 0 0 0 -2 0 0
30 Wiese, Ethan 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 0 0 0
5 Krantz, Austin 0 1 1 0 0 0
6 Garton, Dylan 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Page, Cody 2 0 2 +2 0 0
9 Goran, Steven 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Keller, Doug 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Kaercher, Max 0 0 0 +1 0 0
13 Mattfeldt, Donovan 0 0 0 +1 0 0
14 Carpenter, Jonnathan 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Mese, Zack 0 1 1 0 0 0
18 Link, Reed 0 0 0 +1 0 0
20 Christiaens, Brady 0 1 1 +2 0 0
21 Doty, Tanner 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 Stover, Lucas 0 1 1 0 0 0
29 Barta, Connor 1 0 1 0 0 0
30 Hauser, Evan 0 0 0 0 0 0
93 McInnis, Aaron 0 1 1 +2 0 0
  GOALIES
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
7 Pierre Gustafsson LOSS 59:56 57 55
30 Ethan Wiese (b)
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
30 Evan Hauser WIN 49:38 11 10
1 Erik Powell (b)

 

PENALTY TOTALS
Glacier 12 minutes on 6 infractions Great Falls 2 minutes on 1 infractions

 

 

OTHER FACTS
Game Length: 2:13
Attendance: 325