The Yellowstone Quake almost clawed their way back from a four-goal deficit, but the Bozeman Icedogs managed to pull out a 7-5 win in the end.
Bozeman led by four goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Icedogs\’ Jake Nicks scored on the power play at 13:12 in the second period to put Bozeman up 5-1.
The Icedogs got the win on the strength of a great game by Devin Panzeca, who had two goals and one assist. Panzeca scored the first of his two goals at 13:59 into the third period to make the score 6-4 Bozeman. Panzeca\’s next tally made the score 7-5 Bozeman with 1:37 left in the third period. Ryan Erickson picked up the assist.
Bozeman found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, the Icedogs average 2.4 goals per contest.
Bozeman additionally got points from Steven Nisbet, who also tallied one goal and two assists, AJ Odell, who also registered two goals and one assist, and Jonnathan Carpenter, who also had one goal and three assists to lead the team in points. More assists for Bozeman came via Quinn Thibeault and Gunnar Mogck, who each chipped in one.
Yellowstone kept Bozeman\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Denijs Romanovskis made 35 saves on 40 shots. The Quake\’s goal total was higher than their season average. Yellowstone has scored at the pace of 2.2 goals per game during the current campaign.
The Quake were led by Mike McCullen, who racked up two goals and two assists. McCullen scored the first of his two goals at 15:23 into the second period to make the score 5-2 Bozeman. Adrian Maass provided the assist. McCullen\’s next tally made the score 6-5 Bozeman with 3:47 left in the third period. Ross Mullen picked up the assist. Yellowstone also got points from Maass, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Yellowstone also had goals scored by Sean Pilet and Will Landsverk, who each put in one. In addition, Yellowstone received assists from Josh Neumann, Sawyer Scanlan, Max Doner, and Carter Johnson, who contributed one each.
The Icedogs totaled 34 minutes in penalty time with two minors and two majors and went 1-for-2 on the power play. Lance Knudson made 11 saves before being replaced by AJ Hill, who took the loss and made 11 saves. Yellowstone totaled 34 minutes in penalty time with two minors and two majors and went 0-for-2 on the power play.