Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Yellowstone defeated Bozeman in a shootout 4-3 (2-1 SO).
Yellowstone kept Bozeman\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Stephen Frank made 34 saves on 38 shots. Yellowstone struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 19 penalty minutes for eight opposing power plays.
Yellowstone was led by Manuel Manero, who grabbed two goals and one assist. Manero scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 1:37 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Yellowstone. Yellowstone had gained a power play chance when Kegan Couture was whistled for tripping. Hunter Ruschmeyer picked up the assist. Manero\’s next tally on the power play made the score 3-2 Yellowstone with 58 seconds left in the second period. Ruschmeyer assisted on the tally. Yellowstone additionally got points from Curtis Greenbush, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, Yellowstone received assists from Nicholas Elliot, who had two.
Yellowstone was unable to stop Bozeman from sending pucks towards the net, and Bozeman eventually piled up 41 shots on goal.
Bozeman was led by Steven Nisbet, who racked up two goals. Nisbet scored the first of his two goals short handed at 7:40 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Yellowstone. Bozeman was on a disadvantage when Daniel Liberko went off the ice for hooking. Elliott Hopkins picked up the assist. Nisbet\’s next tally short handed made the score 2-2 with 10:37 left in the first period. Bozeman had gotten the advantage when Yellowstone\’s Green was sent off for interference. Casey Gobel provided the assist. More assists for Bozeman came via Thompson, who had two and Dylan Michaud and John Dixon, who contributed one each.
Lance Knudson recorded 38 saves for Yellowstone. Yellowstone registered one goal on six power play opportunities. Bozeman incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.