HELENA BLOWS OUT BILLINGS, 4-1

 

The Helena Bighorns had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 4-1 win over the Billings Bulls.

 

Billings was stymied by Helena netminder Jett Salinas, who stopped 38 shots during the victory. Salinas managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.11 prior to the game.

The Bighorns were led by Kyle Baker, who racked up one goal. Baker scored 13:04 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Helena. Christian Axelson provided the assist.

Helena's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Billings power plays. The Bighorns did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Helena puts an average of 6.9 pucks into the net per game. The Bighorns kept the Bulls' goalie busy throughout the game, and Nic Wackerly made 65 saves on 69 shots.

Corbin Belling also scored for Helena. In addition, Helena received assists from Brandon Rumble, Wyatt Winfield, and Logan Henne, who each chipped in one.

Billings excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. The Bulls forced Helena goalie Salinas to work between the pipes, taking 39 shots. Billings was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 22 penalty minutes.

The Bulls were led by Nik Nasby, who scored the team's only goal. Nasby scored 5:44 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Billings. Luke Bing assisted on the tally.

The Bighorns incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors.