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Bozeman uses big second period to beat Glacier, 9-3

 

Bozeman used a three-goal second period to put away Glacier, 9-3.

 

Bozeman got the win on the strength of a great game by John Dixon, who had two goals and two assists. Dixon scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 10:50 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Bozeman. Bozeman earned a power play opportunity when Logan Kraft was put in the box for tripping. Casey Gobel assisted on the tally. Dixon's next tally on the power play made the score 9-3 Bozeman with 2:35 left in the third period. Bozeman had gotten the advantage when Glacier's Brandon Huntington was sent off for tripping. Nicholas Thompson provided the assist.

Glacier fell victim to a deadly Bozeman power play, which ripped Glacier for four goals.

Bozeman forced Glacier's goalies to work without much rest, taking 35 shots and forcing 26 saves. Raymond Smith made 26 stops and Kevin Hale made zero. Bozeman bested its season scoring average. This season, Bozeman averages 4.0 goals per contest. Bozeman's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in four goals.

Bozeman additionally got points from Steven Nisbet, who also grabbed two goals and one assist and Kegan Couture, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Bozeman also had goals scored by Liam Millar and Gunnar Mogck, who each put in two. More assists for Bozeman came via Dylan Michaud, who had two and Dalton Rickard, Elliott Hopkins, Cade Hanley, Ryan Peterson, Kyle Amundson, and Benjamin Sakaria, who contributed one each.

Glacier could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 40 minutes in penalties during the game.

Glacier was led by Collin Schieman, who registered two goals. Schieman scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 18:21 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Bozeman. Glacier had taken the advantage when Bozeman's Millar got sent off for too many men. Tim VanTuinen picked up the assist. Schieman's next tally on the power play made the score 6-3 Bozeman with 14:41 left in the third period. Gavin Cline provided the assist. In addition, Glacier received assists from Grant Denton, who had one and Brett LeBeau, who had two.

Sakaria rejected 17 shots on goal for Bozeman. Bozeman incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Glacier registered one goal on six power play opportunities. Glacier ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Denton was ejected from the game.