Sebastian Hansson lifted the xHelena Bighorns to an 11-1 victory with a hat trick against Glacier.
Hansson\’s first goal came 5:55 into the first period. He then added goals at 54 seconds into the third and at 12:57 into the third.
xHelena gained an early advantage, leading 4-0 by the end of the first period.
Glacier was stymied by the Bighorns netminder Alek Lazarski, who stopped 26 shots during the victory. The solid play of Lazarski will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 1.78.
xHelena made Glacier\’s netminders to work without much rest, firing 40 shots and forcing 29 saves. Pierre Gustafsson made 12 stops and Ethan Wiese made 17. The Bighorns stifled Glacier\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. xHelena found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, the Bighorns average 6.6 goals per contest.
xHelena additionally got points from Damon Hanson, who also grabbed three goals and four assists to lead the team in points, Dylan Webster, who also registered two goals and one assist, and Austin Buckholtz, who also tallied one goal and two assists. Others who scored for xHelena included Theo Campe and Logan Henne, who each put in one. More assists for xHelena came via Nick Okada, who had two and Parker Olson, Corbin Belling, Brandt Miller, Ryan Webber, Sam Bratten, Brian Skillicorn, John Petersson, and Kyle Baker, who each chipped in one.
Glacier racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 11 minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. Glacier had been averaging 30.0 minutes in penalties per game.
xHelena totaled 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 2-for-11 on the power play. Glacier registered zero goals on three power play opportunities.