Great Falls Americans Hockey releases 2017-18 NA3HL game schedule

By Kevin Scott

GREAT FALLS, Mont., July 18, 2017 — The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) recently announced the league schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 hockey season including 22 home dates for the Great Falls Americans Junior A squad at the Great Falls Ice Plex.

The Americans, who begin their seventh season of junior hockey and their fourth season of competition in the Frontier Division of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) open their hockey season on at home when they challenge the Bozeman Ice Dogs on Saturday, September 16th. On September 22-23, Great Falls plays host to the Helena Bighorns for a pair of games before they make their first road trip of the season when they face the Gillette Wild in Wyoming on September 29-30. All 22 home contests begin at 7:30PM and can be seen on the league’s webcast subscription service, HockeyTV.

The NA3HL Frontier Division this season consists of three other Montana teams including the Bozeman Ice Dogs, Helena Bighorns, and Missoula Jr. Bruins along with two teams from Wyoming (Gillette Wild and the Yellowstone Quake).

The NA3HL will be conducting two prestigious tournaments starting with the NA3HL Showcase in December (17-19) and the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament on February 27th and 28th. The top four teams in the middle of March will face off in the Divisional Semi-Finals with the winners advancing to the Finals to determine who will advance to the national tournament. The NA3HL Silver Cup Championship Tournament at the end of March (27th through the 31st) will crown a national champion.

The Showcase tournament will feature each of the 47 NA3HL clubs playing against teams from the other divisions. Coaches and scouts from the NCAA and the ACHA will attend this tournament in Blaine, Minnesota.

The second major event is the Top Prospects Tournament that will be conducted once again at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The event features the best talented players battling against each other in an ‘all-star’ setting.

The Silver Cup Championship Tournament holds a five-day tournament (March 27-31) to crown a league playoff champion.

The 2017-18 Americans season schedule is below.

Day/Date Game Time Location
Sat. Sept. 16 vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Sept. 22 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Sept. 23 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Sept. 29 @ Gillette Wild 7:05PM Spirit Hall Ice Arena, Gillette, WY
Sat. Sept. 30 @ Gillette Wild 7:30PM Spirit Hall Ice Arena, Gillette, WY
Fri. Oct. 6 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Oct. 7 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
Fri. Oct. 13 @ Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Riley Arena, Cody, WY
Sat. Oct. 14 @ Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Riley Arena, Cody, WY
Fri. Oct. 20 vs. Gillette Wild 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Oct. 21 vs. Gillette Wild 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Oct. 27 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Oct. 28 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Nov. 3 vs. Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Nov. 4 vs. Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Nov. 10 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
Sat. Nov. 11 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Nov. 17 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
Sat. Nov. 18 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Nov. 24 vs. Helena Bighorns 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Nov. 25 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
Fri. Dec. 1 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
Sat. Dec. 2 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
Fri. Dec. 8 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
Sun. Dec. 17 NA3HL Showcase   Schwan Super Rink, Blaine, MN
  @ Mid Cities Jr. Stars (TX)  2:45PM (MST)  
Mon. Dec. 18 NA3HL Showcase Schwan Super Rink, Blaine, MN
  vs. La Crosse Freeze (WI) 2:30PM (MST)  
Tues. Dec. 19 NA3HL Showcase Schwan Super Rink, Blaine, MN
  @ Oswego Stampede (NY) 8:30AM (MST)  
Sat. Dec. 30 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
Fri. Jan. 5 vs. Gillette Wild 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Jan. 6 vs. Gillette Wild 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Jan. 12 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Jan 19 @ Gillette Wild 7:05PM Spirit Hall Ice Arena, Gillette, WY
Sat. Jan. 20 @ Gillette Wild 7:30PM Spirit Hall Ice Arena, Gillette, WY
Fri. Jan. 26 vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Jan. 27 vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Fri. Feb. 2 @ Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Riley Arena, Cody, WY
Sat. Feb. 3 @ Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Riley Arena, Cody, WY
Fri. Feb. 9 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
Sat. Feb. 10 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
Fri. Feb. 16 vs. Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Feb. 17 @ Missoula Jr. Bruins 7:30PM Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, MT
Fri. Feb. 23 vs. Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Feb. 24 vs. Yellowstone Quake 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
     
Tues. Feb. 27 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth, MI
  Orange (East/Midwest) vs. Green (Northeast/South) 7:00AM (MST) Orange Roster l Green Roster
  Selects White vs. Blue (Central/Coastal)  8:15AM (MST) Selects White Roster l Blue Roster
  Selects Red vs. Grey (Frontier/West) 9:00AM (MST) Selects Red Roster l Grey Roster
  Selects White vs. Orange (East/Midwest) 2:30PM (MST) Selects White Roster l Orange Roster
  Grey (Frontier/West) vs. Green (Northeast/South)  4:30PM (MST) Grey Roster l Green Roster
  Selects Red vs. Blue (Central/Coastal) 6:30PM (MST) Selects Red Roster l Blue Roster
     
Wed. Feb. 28 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth, MI
  Selects White vs. Grey (Frontier/West) 6:00AM (MST) Selects White Roster l Grey Roster
  Selects Red vs. Green (Northeast/South) 8:00AM (MST) Selects Red Roster l Green Roster
  Orange (East/Midwest) vs. Blue (Central/Coastal) 10:00AM (MST) Orange Roster l Blue Roster
     
Fri. Mar. 2 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
Sat. Mar. 3 @ Helena Bighorns 7:05PM Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT
Fri. Mar. 9 vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Great Falls Ice Plex
Sat. Mar. 10 @ Bozeman Ice Dogs 7:30PM Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT
End of Regular Season

Click here to view the entire 2017-18 team-by-team schedule and league schedule press release.

Story Courtesy: North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL): NA3HL release 2017-18 regular season schedule (July 18. 2017)