GF Tribune: Americans top Nationals in Havre, now 18-2

Special to the Tribune

December 6, 2014

HAVRE — The Great Falls Americans improved to 18-2 on the season by overcoming a slow start to defeat the Glacier Nationals 7-5 Friday at the Havre Ice Dome.

Great Falls trailed 2-1 after the first intermission before responding with three goals of their own in the final period.

Glacier took a 1-0 lead during the opening two minutes of action. Matt Gamblin converted the game’s first power play by scoring the unassisted goal at the 1:45 mark. Great Falls knotted up the score a few minutes later as Lucas Lomax and Zack Mese passed the puck to Dylan Garton for his seventh goal of the year. Gavin Lubin helped the Nationals reclaim the lead as his successful power play score went unassisted with under seven minutes left in the opening stanza. Despite trailing 2-1 after the first twenty minutes, the Americans maintained a 17-15 advantage in the shots on goal category.

Each team would trade goals after the first intermission. The Americans scored their game-tying second goal within the first 95 seconds of the middle period. Cody Page and Erik Gatson helped set up the power play scoring opportunity that Miles Giorgione connected on. Lucas Lomax gave the Americans their first lead of the night with 11 minutes remaining off a feed from Hunter Garris and Zack Mese, who tallied his second assist of the evening. Glacier’s Karson Frisk answered with his team’s third goal with help from teammate Matt Gamblin to tie the NA3HL contest up at 3-3 towards the end of the period. Great Falls took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission thanks to the Americans power play score by Cody Page. Marvin Simmons tallied the assist for the visiting team.

Great Falls scored twice during the first five minutes of the final period with successful scores by Marvin Simmons and Dylan Garton, who chipped in his second. Wade Wylie and Reed Link assisted on Simmons tally while Zack Mese picked up another assist on Garton’s goal. Luke Dickison of the Nationals was able to find the back of the net as well. Matt Gamblin and Gavin Lubin were each credited with an assist for the home team.

Before the end of regulation, Lucas Lomax would register his second goal as Zack Mese and Michael Kliment each helped with the Americans seventh goal. Gavin Lubin rounded out the scoring for both teams for the Havre based Nationals.

Great Falls ………………………………………1 3 3 7 

Glacier ……………………………………………2 1 2 5

First Period – 1, Glacier, Matt Gamblin (power play) (unassisted),1:45. 2, Great Falls, Dylan Garton (Lucas Lomax, Zack Mese), 5:23. 3, Glacier, Gavin Lubin (power play) (unassisted), 13:09.

Second Period –4, Great Falls, Miles Giorgione (power play) (Cody Page, Erik Gatson), 1:35 . 5, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (Zack Mese, Hunter Garris), 9:00. 6, Glacier, Karson Frisk (Matt Gamblin), 15:49. 7, Great Falls, Cody Page (power play) (Marvin Simmons), 18:09.

Third Period – 8, Great Falls, Marvin Simmons (Wade Wylie, Reed Link), 1:56. 9, Glacier, Luke Dickison (Matt Gamblin, Gavin Lubin), 2:53. 10, Great Falls, Dylan Garton (Zack Mese), 5:05. 11, Great Falls, Lucas Lomax (Zack Mese, Michael Kliment), 13:38. 12, Glacier, Gavin Lubin (Matt Gamblin), 15:30.

Shots on Goal – Great Falls 52, Glacier 51.

Power-play Opportunities – Great Falls 2-for-5, Glacier 2-for-4.

Story Courtesy: Great Falls Tribune (December 6, 2014)