Huge game by Thompson boosts Bozeman over Billings, 9-0

Bozeman had a seven-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 9-0 win over Billings.

Nicholas Thompson was all over the ice for Bozeman, as he tallied one goal and two assists in the win. Thompson scored on the power play 1:54 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Bozeman. Bozeman earned a power play opportunity when Jeremy Vandekerkhove was put in the box for boarding. Kyle Amundson assisted on the tally.

Billings\’ power play was ineffective against Bozeman\’s penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.

Bozeman forced Billings\’ goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, finishing with 43 shots and forcing 34 saves. Brandon Brown made six stops and Kyle Jacobs made 28. Bozeman put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Billings to score on any of its eight power plays. Bozeman\’s goal total was higher than its season average. Bozeman has scored at the pace of 5.4 goals per game during the current campaign. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.

Bozeman additionally got points from Dalton Rickard, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Kegan Couture, who also had two goals and two assists, and Amundson, who also finished with one goal and three assists to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Bozeman included Casey Gobel, who had two and Kyle Klatt and AJ ODell, who scored one goal each. More assists for Bozeman came via Cody Johnson, Liam Millar, Elliott Hopkins, Dylan Michaud, and Austin Charnholm, who each chipped in one and Bryce Meckes and John Dixon, who contributed two each.

Billings was held below its usual level of production. Billings puts an average of 2.4 pucks into the net per game. Billings struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 32 penalty minutes for 12 opposing power plays.

Bozeman took out Josh Aycock after he had made four saves and installed Stephen Frank in goal, where he finished with 11 saves and the win. Bozeman incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.