The Great Falls Americans had a promising start in Helena, drawing first blood with a goal on Helena’s Trey Flesch a little under three minutes into the first period. Helena’s first goal didn’t come until four minutes later with an unassisted goal by Kevin Kassulat while the Bighorns were on the penalty kill. The Bighorns scored again fourteen and a half minutes in, this time from Wyatt Winfield. The period ended there, with the Bighorns leading by one. Many wondered if this might be a close game.
The second period was opened by a goal from Ryan Parkhouse 139 seconds in, and so began the beginning of the end for the Americans. The Bighorns had six more goals in the second period, coming from Drew Ingram, Alex DeWitz, Wyatt Winfield and Balasz Goz. The Bighorns did a fantastic job protecting the goal, only allowing Great Falls two shots on net for the entire period. Great Falls pulled goal tender Erick Powell at the 17:22 point of the period after giving up eight goals on 59 shots.
It wasn’t until nearly five minutes in that the first goal of the third period came. In quick succession, DeWitz, Dalton Bowles, Brian Skillicorn and Damon Hanson all lit the lamp. By the end of the evening, DeWitz had a hat trick with four goals and Ingram, Parkhouse and Hanson all had two apiece. Overall eight Bighorns players picked up at least one goal for the evening and seven more players had at least one assist. Great Falls relief goal tender Stirling Wright didn’t fare much better than his counterpart, also giving up eight goals on 47 shots. Overall, the Bighorns outshot the Americas 106-9.
Tonight’s win give the Bighorns a 16-2-1 record and keep them at the top of the AWHL standings. The Bighorns travel to Bozeman on Saturday where they will take on the Icedogs (6-13). The Bighorns return home next weekend for a two game home stand. On Friday, December 9th, the Bighorns will be hosting the Gillette Wild (6-10-2). On Saturday, December 10th, the Bighorns are to host the Missoula Maulers.
On December 10th, the Bighorns will be holding a “Dog Toy Toss” to benefit the Lewis & Clark Humane Society. Fans are encouraged to bring a dog toy with them to the game to be tossed during the first intermission. Fans may also bring additional donations for the Society to any Bighorns game between now and December 17th. The Bighorns will also be hosting a Teddy Bear Toss on December 17th. Fans can either bring a new stuff toy or purchase an exclusive Billy Bighorn stuffed animal to toss. All toys collected will benefit Toys for Tots.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.HelenaBighorns.com or call (406) 457-2817.
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