It was another great night for Montana’s favorite teams. While the University of Montana’s football team easily retained their place in the playoffs, the Helena Bighorns once again proved their solid offensive and defensive skills on the ice as they scored one goal after another. Helena’s Damon Hanson opened the scoring for the evening on a power play, but his other teammates weren’t far behind him. The team’s point leader Ryan Parkhouse took advantage of another Wild penalty to score Helena’s second goal. It wasn’t long until Helena’s newest forward, Tim Santopoalo, scored his first goal as a Bighorn and gave the Bighorns a 3-0 lead. Four more goals, coming from Dalton Bowles, Bryan Fiol, Beau Ricketts and Alex DeWitz, saw the first period end 7-0.
A hopeful Gillette took to the ice in the second period. Despite having doubled their shots on goal from the first period, they still weren’t able to get one by Bighorns goalie Trey Flesch. The Bighorns only had 11 shots on goal for the period, but scored three more times with Parkhouse and Fiol earning their second goals and Kevin Kassulat earning his first.
Bryan Fiol’s third period goal gave him a hat trick for the evening while Santopoalo and DeWitz each picked up a second goal. As the dust settled and the last few seconds left in the game counted down, the Bighorns earned their second shut-out of the season, 13-0.
The Bighorns play their second game in their two-game homestand on Saturday, December 10th against the Missoula Maulers. The two teams have already played one another four times this season and each have won two. The winner of this game will gain an important point advantage in the AWHL standings. The Bighorns are pleased to welcome the Helena Kids Choir to perform the National Anthem for the evening. Furthermore, the Bighorns will also be hosting a Dog Toy Toss to collect toys to benefit the Lewis & Clark Humane Society during the first intermission. For more information or to purchase tickets, fans can call (406) 457-2817 or visit our website, www.HelenaBighorns.com.
-PRIDE & PASSION-