By Bill Speltz, 406 MT Sports Staff (Missoulian Sports Editor)
November 21, 2020
GREAT FALLS —The Missoula Jr. Bruins hockey team started fast and held on Saturday, handing the Great Falls Americans their first loss, 4-3, at the Great Falls Ice Plex.
The Americans fell to 11-1 while the Jr. Bruins boosted their record to 8-3 with two overtime losses in the NA3 Hockey League’s Frontier Division. The teams sit in first and second place, respectively.
Missoula broke on top with a pair of goals in the first period. Mi-Kwan Tallman lit the lamp on assists from Pablo Frank and Liam Bland at 3:55 in the first period. Bland made it 2-0 with an assist from Ian McIntosh with just over 5 minutes left in the frame.
Great Falls came alive with a Garret Weisenburger goal at 7:47 in the second period. Kade Levins answered for the Jr. Bruins about 2 minutes later, taking a feed from Missoula product Sam Skillestad.
Three goals were scored in the last six minutes of the second period. After Tallman scored to give the Jr. Bruins a 4-1 lead, Cole Komarek and Harley Nyhuis found the net for Great Falls, shaving the Americans’ deficit to 4-3 heading into the third period.
Neither team scored in the final period. Maxim Currie picked up the win at goalie for the Jr. Bruins, making 40 saves.
Story Courtesy: 406 MT Sports: 406MTSports.com: Missoula Jr. Bruins deal Great Falls first loss of season (November 21, 2020)