A five-goal first period deficit cost the Bozeman Icedogs, which could not recover and fell to the Helena Bighorns, 11-1.
Parker Olson was all over the ice for Helena, as he tallied four goals and one assist in the win. Olson got on the scoresheet 59 seconds into the first period. He then added goals at 4:39 into the second, at 7:05 into the second, and at 1:21 into the third.
The Bighorns forced Bozeman\’s goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, taking 51 shots and forcing 40 saves. Devin Day made 10 stops and Chance Turner made 30. Helena put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Icedogs to score on any of their four power plays. The Bighorns found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, Helena averages 6.1 goals per contest.
Helena also got points from John Bonta, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Helena also had goals scored by Dylan Webster, who had three and Theo Campe, Brandt Miller, and Austin Buckholtz, who scored one goal each. More assists for Helena came via Nick Okada, Logan Henne, Ryan Webber, Sebastian Hansson, Sam Bratten, and John Petersson, who each chipped in two and Damon Hanson and Corbin Belling, who contributed three a piece.
Bozeman struggled on the penalty kill, allowing the Bighorns to score three power play goals on three chances.
Bozeman also got a goal from Steven Nisbet as well.
Austin Brihn rejected 22 shots on goal for Helena. The Bighorns incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. The Icedogs incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors.