The Helena Bighorns had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over the Bozeman Icedogs.
Bozeman was stymied by Helena\’s netminder Grant Martens, who stopped 34 shots during the victory. Martens managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.72 prior to the game.
The Bighorns pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 27 penalty minutes.
Helena\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on six Bozeman power plays. The Bighorns kept the Icedogs\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Steven Frank made 38 saves on 43 shots.
Helena was led by Johnny Bonta, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Bonta scored 3:54 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Helena. Nick Trefry provided the assist. Helena also got points from Trefry, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Brandon Mills, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Helena included Elliot Hopkins and Matt Blassic, who scored one goal each. In addition, Helena received assists from Daniel Liberko, Brandt Miller, and Georgy Ostapchuk, who each chipped in one.
The Bighorns were unable to stop Bozeman from sending pucks towards the net, and the Icedogs eventually piled up 35 shots on goal.
Helena registered one goal on four power play opportunities. For the Bighorns, Blassic was ejected from the game. The Icedogs ended with 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major.