The Bozeman Icedogs struggled against the Helena Bighorns allowing Gavin Cline to score a hat trick as Bozeman crushed Helena 8-2 in a home game at Helena Ice Arena in Bozeman. Furthermore, Jimmy Engen came up big, stopping 52 of 60 shots throughout the game. The Helena Bighorns took the lead before the halfway point in the second on a goal from Luc Cross.
Dane Rieger had a busy night with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Richard Groskops contributed with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).
In the first, Boje opened the scoring for the Icedogs with a goal at 10:27 with helpers from his linemates, Stokes and Charnholm. Kottmeier answered for Helena with a goal at 15:57 with helpers from his teammates Dietz and Scheibel.
During the second period, Niskanen scored a goal at 2:29 with an assist from fellow Bighorns forward Cross. Cross deposited what turned out to be the game winning goal at 13:41 with a helper from defenseman Mitchell.
In the third, Cline put in a goal at 0:49 with assists from Smith and Sietz. Cline netted a goal at 10:48 with helpers from Groskops and Sietz. Cline scored a goal at 13:35 with assists from Kottmeier and Rieger. Groskops deposited a goal at 15:36 with helpers from Sietz and Scheibel. Rieger quickly followed with a goal at 15:53 with assists from Kipper and Kottmeier. Onstott answered for Bozeman with a goal at 18:35 with a helper from his linemate Cook.
This loss brings the Bozeman Icedogs’ record to (0-10-0-0).