GF Tribune: Americans fall in opener at Silver Cup

By Tribune Sports Staff

March 20, 2015

Despite late power play opportunities, the Great Falls Americans couldn’t surmount an early deficit, falling 3-1 to the West Michigan Wolves in the first game of the NA3HL Silver Cup playoffs.

Wolves’ goalie Hunter Vorva held the Americans at bay, stopping 28 of Great Falls’ 29 shots.

West Michigan, on the other hand, was efficient. Michael Tratar scored two Wolves’ goals on the only shots on goal in the first period. Devin Farkas added West Michigan’s third goal 10 seconds into the second, assisted by Tratar and Dakota Ulmer.

Miles Giorgione broke through 4:26 into the second period – a power play goal assisted by Reed Link and Zack Mese – to bring the score to 3-1 in favor of West Michigan. Neither team would score in the third despite combining for 40 total shots.

Americans’ netminder Jordan Moran saved 29 shots. Great Falls afforded the Wolves just two minutes of power play action in the contest, a minor in the third stanza.

The Americans will play again Friday in the round robin-format tournament with the puck dropping at noon against the Metro Jets of Waterford, Mich. at Geneva’s Fox Valley NHL Arena. They also take the ice Saturday, a 6 p.m. start with the North Iowa Bulls.



Silver  Cup
In Geneva,     Ill.


W. Michigan      3, Great   Falls  1
West Michigan   ……………………………..2 1 0 — 3
Great Falls ……………………………………0 1 0 — 1


FIRST  PERIOD:  1, West Michigan  – Michael  Tratar
(Corey Siwula) 6:19; 2, West  Michigan  – Michael
Tratar (Devin Farkas, Corey Siwula) 19:21
SECOND    PERIOD:  3, West  Michigan  – Devin  Far-
kas    (Michael  Tratar, Dakota Ulmer)  0:10; 4, Great
Falls – Miles Giorgione (power  play)  (Reed  Link,
Zack Mese) 4:26.
THIRD   PERIOD:  No  scoring
FIRST  PERIOD:   West  Michigan  – Devin  Farkas  –
(Tripping) (638A), 2 MIN, 9:03.
SECOND    PERIOD:  West  Michigan   – Brandon  Be-
naglio       – (Roughing) (639A),  2 MIN, 2:33.
THIRD  PERIOD:   Great Falls – Wade Wylie – (Hook-
ing)    (622A,B),  2 MIN,  5:52; West  Michigan   – Kyle
Keeder – (Hooking) (622A,B), 2 MIN,  14:25.
West Michigan  0 – 1 : Great Falls 1 – 3


W.  Michigan,  Hunter Vorva  28 saves; Great Falls,
Jordan Moran, 29  saves


W.     Michigan:    2-9-21—32;       Great    Falls

Story Courtesy: Great Falls Tribune (March 20, 2015)