The Helena Bighorns had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 4-0 win over the Great Falls Americans, making them this year's AWHL Champs!!
Helena was paced by Sam Bratten, who grabbed one goal. Bratten scored 15:42 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Helena.
The Bighorns stifled Great Falls' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Helena's offense operated below its season average. The Bighorns average 6.6 goals per game. Helena's offense rang up 44 shots on the Americans' net. The defensemen of the Bighorns were also effective in Great Falls' zone, and came away with two goals.
Others who scored for Helena included Damon Hanson, Logan Henne, and John Petersson, who each put in one. More assists for Helena came via Theo Campe, Dylan Webster, Parker Olson, Sebastian Hansson, Austin Buckholtz, and Kyle Baker, who contributed one each.
The Americans could not produce up to their normal offensive output. Great Falls puts an average of 4.5 pucks into the net per game.
Helena's Austin Brihn stopped 18 shots out of the 18 that he faced. The Bighorns incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Evan Hauser made 40 saves for the Americans on 44 shots. Great Falls incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.