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McInnis stars in Great Falls’ 6-3 win over Billings

 

McInnis stars in Great Falls’ 6-3 win over Billings

By Kevin Scott

BILLINGS, Mont., November 30, 2013 — A night after defeating the Bozeman Ice Dogs on home ice 5-2, the Great Falls Americans traveled to Billings for a game against the Billings Bulls. After getting shut-out in the first period by the Bulls, the Great Falls Americans racked up three goals apiece in the second and third periods to defeat Billings 6-3 at the Centennial Ice Garden on Saturday night. Aaron McInnis, the Americans team leader in points, tallied a goal and two assists in the Americans victory.

There wasn’t a lot of scoring during the first period but the Billings club took a 1-0 lead with Steven Thompson’s goal in the first 18 seconds of action. Cody Phillips and Tristen Heinrichs added the assists for the Bulls.

The Americans took charge in the next period with three straight goals including power play goals from Dylan Garton and Johnathan Carpenter. Garton’s goal was assisted by Cody Page and Aaron McInnis while Dylan Garton and Donovan Mattfeldt were credited with assists on Carpenter’s score. Aaron McInnis picked up his second assist of the evening as Lucas Lomax got the puck by Billings goaltender Cole Semchack. Dexter Nealy scored on a power play opportunity for Billings with 52 second left before the second intermission as they trailed Great Falls 3-2.

Aaron McInnis scored his 19th goal of the season at the 8:32 mark of the final period off a pass from Erik Gatson and Lucas Stover to increase the lead to 4-2. Zachary Mese added the first of his two third period goals with less than five minutes remaining. He also added the final goal of the night for both teams near the end of the AWHL contest. Sam Orth also connected on a score for Billings off the stick of Dixon Whitehead. Connor Barta added two of his 11 total assists on the season while Donovan Mattfeldt and Brady Christiaens also came away with one assist apiece.

Great Falls allowed only one goal in 13 power play opportunities and they registered 34 shots against Billings. Erik Powell had lots of activity as the Americans goaltender as he made 48 saves on 51 shot attempts by the Bulls. Cole Semchak, the Billings goalie, stopped 28 shots by the Americans.

NEXT CONTEST: The Americans (18-4) will return to the Great Falls Ice Plex on Sunday, December 1, 2013 with an AWHL matinee contest against top-ranked Helena Bighorns (20-1-1) at 4:00PM.

 

  Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Final
Great Falls 0 3 3 6
Billings 1 1 1 3

 

First Period – 1, Billings, Steven Thompson (assisted by Cody Phillips, Tristen Heinrichs), 0:18.

Second Period – 2, Great Falls, Dylan Garton (power play) (Aaron McInnis, Cody Page), 4:53. 3, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (short-handed) (Aaron McInnis), 5:58. 4, Great Falls, Johnathan Carpenter (power play) (Dylan Garton, Donovan Mattfeldt), 10:39. 5, Billings, Dexter Nealy (power play) (Orri Haman, TJ Theodosopoulos), 19:08.

Third Period –6, Great Falls, Aaron McInnis (short-handed) (Erik Gatson, Lucas Stover), 8:32. 7, Great Falls, Zachary Mese (power play) (Donovan Mattfeldt, Connor Barta), 15:08. 8, Billings, Sam Orth (Dixon Whitehead), 17:11. 9, Great Falls, Zachary Mese (Connor Barta, Brady Christiaens), 17:36.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 34, Billings 51.

Power-play Opportunities – Great Falls 3-for-12, Billings 1-for-13.

Attendance – 435

Box Score: Great Falls @ Billings

Final Centennial Ice Garden    Sat, Nov 30, 2013 7:30 PM MST
Great Falls 6 Billings 3

 

GAME DETAILS
SCORING SHOTS
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 0 3 3 6
Billings 1 1 1 3
1 2 3 TOTALS
Great Falls 9 13 12 34
Billings 17 24 10 51

 

POWERPLAYS
Great Falls 3 – 12 : Billings 1 – 13

 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
BillingsSteven Thompson (Cody Phillips, Tristan Henrichs) 0:18
Period 2
Great FallsDylan Garton (power play) (Aaron McInnis, Cody Page) 4:53
Great FallsLucas Lomax (short handed) (Aaron McInnis) 5:58
Great FallsJonnathan Carpenter (power play) (Dylan Garton, Donovan Mattfeldt) 10:39
BillingsDexter Nealy (power play) (Orri Haman, TJ Theodosopoulos) 19:08
Period 3
Great FallsAaron McInnis (short handed) (Erik Gatson, Lucas Stover) 8:32
Great FallsZack Mese (power play) (Donovan Mattfeldt, Connor Barta) 15:08
BillingsSam Orth (Dixon Whitehead) 17:11
Great FallsZack Mese (Connor Barta, Brady Christiaens) 17:36

 

PENALTIES
Period 1
BillingsMatt Myers – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 3:12
BillingsOrri Haman – (Charging), 2 MIN, 3:47
BillingsTJ Theodosopoulos – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 4:16
Great FallsDonovan Mattfeldt – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 7:30
BillingsDexter Nealy – (Hooking), 2 MIN, 8:06
Great FallsLucas Lomax – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 9:20
BillingsJosh Pena – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 16:46
Great FallsSteven Goran – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 19:02
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 19:19
Period 2
Great FallsBrady Christiaens – (Roughing), 2 MIN, 0:02
BillingsOrri Haman – (Holding), 2 MIN, 0:02
Great FallsBrady Christiaens – (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) (Misconduct), 10 MIN, 0:02
BillingsOrri Haman – (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) (Misconduct), 10 MIN, 0:02
BillingsElijah Dutton – (Too Many Men), 2 MIN, 2:29
BillingsCody Phillips – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 4:16
Great FallsMax Kaercher – (Hooking), 2 MIN, 5:08
BillingsSam Orth – (Head Contact), 2 MIN, 6:46
Great FallsLucas Stover – (Hooking), 2 MIN, 7:56
BillingsNikolas Nasby – (Cross Checking), 2 MIN, 9:23
Great FallsErik Gatson – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 12:20
Great FallsSteven Goran – (Cross Checking), 2 MIN, 17:19
Great FallsSteven Goran – (Kneeing), 2 MIN, 17:19
Period 3
BillingsRalfs Karelis – (Interference), 2 MIN, 1:28
BillingsAaron Rio – (Elbowing), 2 MIN, 3:33
Great FallsJonnathan Carpenter – (Checking from Behind) (Major), 5 MIN, 5:38
Great FallsJonnathan Carpenter – (Checking from Behind) (Game Misconduct), 10 MIN, 5:38
BillingsDexter Nealy – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 5:59
Great FallsZack Mese – (Boarding), 2 MIN, 6:18
BillingsJosh Pena – (Slashing), 2 MIN, 13:28
Great FallsBridger Strong – (Tripping), 2 MIN, 19:23

 

 Great Falls  Billings
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Powell, Erik 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Strong, Bridger 0 0 0 +1 0 2
4 Sartuche, Paul 0 0 0 -2 0 0
6 Garton, Dylan 1 1 2 0 0 0
7 Page, Cody 0 1 1 0 0 0
8 Lomax, Lucas 1 0 1 +1 0 2
9 Goran, Steven 0 0 0 0 0 6
10 Keller, Doug 0 0 0 -1 0 0
11 Kaercher, Max 0 0 0 0 0 2
13 Mattfeldt, Donovan 0 2 2 -1 0 2
14 Carpenter, Jonnathan 1 0 1 0 0 15
16 Mese, Zack 2 0 2 0 0 2
17 Gatson, Erik 0 1 1 +1 0 2
20 Christiaens, Brady 0 1 1 0 0 12
23 Stover, Lucas 0 1 1 +1 0 2
24 Simmons, Marvin 0 0 0 -1 0 0
26 Bushey, Malachi 0 0 0 -1 0 0
29 Barta, Connor 0 2 2 +3 0 0
30 Hauser, Evan 0 0 0 0 0 0
93 McInnis, Aaron 1 2 3 +2 0 0
# NAME G A PTS +/- S PIM
1 Semchak, Cole 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Karelis, Ralfs 0 0 0 0 0 2
5 Akita, Christian 0 0 0 -1 0 0
6 Myers, Matt 0 0 0 0 0 2
7 Orth, Sam 1 0 1 +2 0 2
8 Rio, Aaron 0 0 0 -2 0 2
9 Nealy, Dexter 1 0 1 -1 0 4
10 Phillips, Cody 0 1 1 -1 0 2
11 Haman, Orri 0 1 1 -1 0 14
12 Thompson, Steven 1 0 1 -1 0 0
16 Jensen, Bryce 0 0 0 +1 0 0
18 Theodosopoulos, TJ 0 1 1 -1 0 2
19 Foundos, Torin 0 0 0 +1 0 0
20 Mata, Joe 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Pena, Josh 0 0 0 0 0 4
22 Dutton, Elijah 0 0 0 +1 0 2
24 Henrichs, Tristan 0 1 1 -1 0 0
27 Nasby, Nikolas 0 0 0 -2 0 4
28 Whitehead, Dixon 0 1 1 +1 0 0
29 Oordt, Daniel 0 0 0 0 0 0
  GOALIES
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
1 Erik Powell WIN 60:00 51 48
30 Evan Hauser (b)
NAME DEC Min SHOTS SAVES
1 Cole Semchak LOSS 60:00 34 28
29 Daniel Oordt (b)

 

PENALTY TOTALS
Great Falls 47 minutes on 14 infractions Billings 40 minutes on 16 infractions

 

Coach: Heimel, Jeffrey

 

OTHER FACTS
Game Length: 2:43
Attendance: 435