Battle with Bulls Set for First Round

The Bighorns\’ first round playoff schedule was released today. 

The first place Helena Bighorns will be taking on the fourth place Billings Bulls in the first round of the 2010 NORPAC playoffs. The best of five America West Divisional Semi-Final series, which is the first playoff series between the two clubs, will start on Tuesday the 23rd in Billings.

These two teams have squared off eight times so far this season and they have one more regular season meeting this Saturday, the 13th in Helena. If Helena can come out on top in that game they will sweep the 9-game regular season series between the two teams. The fact that the Bighorns have won all eight games so far does not do the match-up justice. Several of the games have been decided by one goal, with one game even going into overtime. 

\”We are not taking Billings lightly just because of our record against them,\” stated Helena\’s associate coach Chris Hartly. \”They are a solid team and they have been playing some great hockey lately. We are preparing very hard for the first round and we are getting ready to take the playoffs one game at a time.\”

The choice of where to start the series went to the higher seeded Bighorns. They have chosen to open the series on the road for a couple of reasons. First, there are scheduling conflicts at Helena Ice Arena that would not allow them to start at home during the week without having to bump already scheduled youth hockey events. Second, by starting on the road their home games will fall on the weekend, which they hope will allow more of their fans to attend the games. 

\”We have an unbelievable fan base here,\” exclaimed Bighorns\’ Captain Zach Maxwell. \”I think that having our home games on the weekend gives back to our fans by letting more of them make it out to the games. And being able to play in front of a huge crowd will definitely help us get even more amped for the games.\”

If you want to be a part of the action in Helena make sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time here. If you are unable to make it to any of the Bighorns\’ games you can watch all home games on FASTHockey.com and you can listen to all away games on Sportsjuice.com 

Complete First Round Schedule

Helena Bighorns Vs Billings Bulls

Game 1 – Tuesday, February 23rd

Helena @ Billings 7:30pm

Game 2 – Wednesday, February 24th

Helena @ Billings 7:30pm

Game 3 – Friday, February 26th

Billings @ Helena 7:35pm

*Game 4 – Saturday, February 27th

Billings @ Helena 7:35pm

*Game 5 – Sunday, February 28th

Billings @ Helena 3:00pm

*If necessary