Great Falls Americans Hockey announces NA3HL regular season game schedule for 2020-21

By Kevin Scott

GREAT FALLS, Mont., September 10, 2020 —The Great Falls Americans Junior A team along with the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) have announced their North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) regular season game schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

The slate for the Americans is highlighted by the two teams that finished above the Americans in the Frontier Division standings last season, the Bozeman Ice Dogs (39-7-0-1) and the Sheridan (WY) Hawks (35-11-1-1). Both Bozeman and Sheridan will each meet Great Falls four times this season (2 home/2 away games). The schedule set up by the league also has two Thursday night and one Sunday night home contests in addition to the Friday and Saturday evening contests.

The league released the Frontier Division’s 43-regular season game schedule on Thursday, September 10, 2020 as well as the other four divisions (Central, East, West, and South) during the week of September 9th. All regular season games, which begin on Friday, October 2nd and will end on Sunday, March 14th, are subject to change due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus that could affect the contests.

Great Falls, entering their tenth season of junior hockey, will have 20 home dates at the Great Falls Ice Plex. The Americans, who enter their seventh season of competition in the Frontier Division of the  North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), open up the hockey season with a pair of road games against the Cobras in Butte, Montana on October 2nd and 3rd. Great Falls will make their home debut on Friday, October 9th when the Helena Bighorns come to the Great Falls Ice Plex. The Americans home games begin at 7:30PM (MST) except for their lone Sunday contest (October 25th) that will start at 5:00PM (MST).  All home and away games can be seen on the league’s webcast subscription service, HockeyTV.

Seating capacity at the Great Falls Ice Plex will be limited due to COVID-19. There will be more information coming soon about attendance.

**There will be a limited seating capacity of 100 people total inside the Great Falls Ice Plex for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

The Americans will conduct their first practice this season on Monday, September 14th under the direction of Head Coach/General Manager, Greg Sears, who enters his third season at the helm of the Great Falls junior hockey squad.

In addition to the four other Montana-based NA3HL squads (Bozeman Ice Dogs, Helena Bighorns, Missoula Jr. Bruins and the Butte Cobras), Wyoming also has three squads competing including the Yellowstone Quake (Cody, WY), Gillette (WY) Wild and the Sheridan (WY) Hawks this season.

The NA3HL also announced three events during the 2020-21 season including the annual NA3HL (league-wide) Showcase taking place from December 20-22, 2020 in Blaine, Minnesota that feature all 35 teams. In February 2021, the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament returns to Attleboro, Massachusetts and the 2020-21 season will be capped off by the 2021 NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship Tournament that crowns the NA3HL’s playoff champion (March 30 – April 3) in Chicago, Illinois.

In December’s Showcase tournament in Blaine, Minnesota, each of the 31 league members in 15 states will play against other division teams featuring three games in three days. The contests will count in the overall standings and feature coaches and scouts from the NCAA, junior college ranks and the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

Seven weeks after the Showcase tournament, the second major event is the Top Prospects Tournament hosted for the third consecutive season at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts that will highlight the NA3HL’s best players in an ‘all-star’ setting.

The 2021 NA3HL playoffs begin after the regular season concludes in March starting with the Frontier Divisional Playoffs and capped off by the 2021 NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship Tournament that will crown a national champion. The five-day round-robin tournament will take place in Chicago, Illinois from March 30 – April 3, 2021.

View the NA3HL’s press releases for each of the league’s five divisions below.

Central Division East Division Frontier Division South Division West Division

The 2020-21 Americans season schedule is below.

Day/Date Game Time Location
OCTOBER
Fri. Oct. 2 @ Butte Cobras 7:30PM Butte Community Ice Center, Butte, MT
Sat. Oct. 3 @ Butte Cobras 7:05PM Butte Community Ice Center, Butte, MT
Fri. Oct. 9 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Oct. 10 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
Fri. Oct. 16 @ Gillette Wild 7:05PM Spirit Hall Ice Arena, Gillette, WY
Sat. Oct. 17 @ Gillette Wild 7:05PM Spirit Hall Ice Arena, Gillette, WY
Sat. Oct. 24 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:05PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
Sun. Oct. 25 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 5:00PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Oct. 30 vs. Gillette Wild 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Oct. 31 vs. Gillette Wild 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
       
NOVEMBER
Sat. Nov. 7 vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Nov. 13 @ Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Riley Arena, Cody, WY
Sat. Nov. 14 @ Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Riley Arena, Cody, WY
Fri. Nov. 20 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:05PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
Sat. Nov. 21 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Nov. 27 vs. Butte Cobras 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Nov. 28 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
DECEMBER
Sat. Dec. 5 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
Fri. Dec. 11 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Dec. 12 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:05PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
Sun. Dec. 20 NA3HL Showcase   NSC Super Rink, Blaine, MN
  @ TBA  0:00

PM (MST)

 
Mon. Dec. 21 NA3HL Showcase   NSC Super Rink, Blaine, MN
  @ TBA 0:00PM (MST)  
       
Tues. Dec. 22 NA3HL Showcase   NSC Super Rink, Blaine, MN
  vs. TBA 00:00AM (MST)  
Thurs. Dec. 31 vs. Butte Cobras 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
JANUARY
Fri. Jan. 1 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Jan. 2 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Jan. 8 vs. Sheridan Hawks 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Jan. 9 vs. Sheridan Hawks 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Jan. 15 @ Sheridan Hawks 7:30PM Whitney Rink in the M&M’s Center, Sheridan, WY
Sat. Jan. 16 @ Sheridan Hawks 7:30PM Whitney Rink in the M&M’s Center, Sheridan, WY
Fri. Jan. 22 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
Sat. Jan. 23 @ Butte Cobras 7:05PM Butte Community Ice Center, Butte, MT
Fri. Jan. 29 vs. Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Jan. 30 vs. Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
FEBRUARY
Fri. Feb. 5 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:05PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
       
Mon. Feb. 8 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament New England Sports Village, Attleboro, MA
  Frontier Division vs. TBA 0:00AM (MST) Frontier Roster l TBA Roster
Frontier Division vs. TBA  0:00PM (MST) Frontier Roster l TBA Roster
       
Tues. Feb. 9 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament New England Sports Village, Attleboro, MA
Frontier Division vs. TBA 0:00AM (MST) Frontier Roster l TBA Roster
Sat. Feb. 13 @ Butte Cobras 7:05PM Butte Community Ice Center, Butte, MT
Fri. Feb. 19 vs. Butte Cobras 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Feb. 20 vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Feb. 27 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
       
MARCH
Thurs. Mar. 4 vs. Butte Cobras 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Mar. 5 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
Sat. Mar. 6 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
Sat. Mar. 13 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
End of Regular Season

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Click here to view the entire 2020-21 team-by-team schedule.