A four-goal first period deficit cost the Billings Bulls, which could not recover and fell to the Helena Bighorns, 12-0.
Sebastian Hansson was all over the ice for Helena, as he tallied four goals and one assist in the win. Hansson got on the scoresheet 2:46 into the first period. He then added goals at 12:43 into the first, at 17:47 into the first, and at 18:02 into the second.
The Bighorns were boosted by Austin Brihn, who turned in a shutout with 25 saves. Brihn managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.6 prior to the game.
Helena made Bulls\’ netminders to work all game long, finishing with 78 shots and forcing 66 saves. isaac tjaden made 35 stops and Daniel Oordt made 31. The Bighorns stifled Billings\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Helena bested its season scoring average. The Bighorns have scored at the pace of 6.3 goals per game during the current campaign.
Helena also got points from Theo Campe, who also registered two goals and three assists, Damon Hanson, who also had two goals and two assists, and Corbin Belling, who also racked up four goals and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Helena were Austin Buckholtz, who had one, Nick Okada, Ryan Webber, and John Petersson, who contributed two a piece, and Parker Olson and Logan Henne, who each chipped in three.
The Bulls\’ offense operated below they season average. Billings puts an average of 2.8 pucks into the net per game.
Helena incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. The Bulls incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.