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Banks’ big game bests Bozeman in 7-0 Gillette win

Darren Banks was all over the ice for the Gillette Wild, as he tallied one goal and three assists in Gillette\’s 7-0 win over the Bozeman Icedogs.

Banks scored nine seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Gillette. Bryce Mitzel picked up the assist. Banks dished an assist on Mitzel\’s goal that made the score 3-0 Gillette at 10:32 into the second period. He then added assists on Mitzel\’s goal at 18:17 into the second and on Will Fobair\’s goal at 8:45 into the third.

The Wild pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 16 penalty minutes.

Gillette excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in eight chances. The Wild\’s defense was surprisingly good. Gillette averages 2.6 goals allowed per game. The Wild forced Bozeman goalie Devin Day to work between the pipes, taking 58 shots. Gillette bested its season scoring average. The Wild have scored at the pace of 3.2 goals per game during the current campaign.

Gillette also got points from Mitzel, who also registered two goals and two assists and Fobair, who also had one goal and two assists. Gillette also had goals scored by Adan Sigala, Michael Burke, and Alex King, who scored one goal each. More assists for Gillette came via Trent Dillinger, Chase Engdahl, Greg Sauers, and Moco Willis, who each chipped in one.

The Icedogs could not produce up to they normal offensive output. Bozeman averages 2.4 goals per game.

Josh Beatty made eight saves before being replaced by Sean Kelley, who took the win and made 18 saves. Gillette registered one goal on six power play opportunities. Devin Day made 51 saves for the Icedogs on 58 shots. Bozeman incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.