xGreat Falls shrugs off penalties, upends Bozeman, 7-1

The Bozeman Icedogs failed to take advantage of their power play opportunities and the xGreat Falls Americans shook off a number of penalties to win, 7-1.

xGreat Falls was led by Lucas Lomax, who finished with one goal and one assist. Lomax scored 2:44 into the second period to make the score 2-0 xGreat Falls. Connor Barta picked up the assist.

The the Americans penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled seven minors and one major for 39 minutes in penalty time. xGreat Falls had been averaging 21.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Americans\’ offense rang up 35 shots on Bozeman\’s net. xGreat Falls bested its season scoring average. The Americans have scored at the pace of 4.5 goals per game during the current campaign.

xGreat Falls additionally got points from Dylan Garton, who also grabbed three goals and one assist and Aaron McInnis, who also had two goals and one assist. Steven Goran also scored for xGreat Falls. More assists for xGreat Falls came via Bridger Strong, Max Kaercher, Trent Carter, and Evan Hauser, who contributed one a piece and Cody Page and Brady Christiaens, who each chipped in two.

The Icedogs racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 24.0 minutes per game Bozeman had been spending in the box.

Hauser rejected 15 shots on goal for xGreat Falls. The Americans registered two goals on eight power play opportunities. xGreat Falls ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Lomax was ejected from the game. Zach Skop made 28 saves for the Icedogs on 35 shots. Bozeman registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. For the Icedogs, Devin Chmura was ejected from the game.