America West Playoff Match-ups

The America West playoff match ups are set starting on Tuesday, February 23rd. The Helena Bighorns will start the playoffs in Billings to play the Bulls. The Bighorns are the number 1 seed in the America West Division and decided to play on the road first because of scheduling conflicts with the Helena Ice Arena.

The Bulls and Bighorns have met nine teams this season with the Bighorns winning all nine games. These two teams met last Saturday with the Bighorns winning 7-2. Six of the nine games this season were decided by three goals or less. In the nine games played, the Bighorns have out scored the Bulls 45-15. These two teams have played one overtime game on November 25, with the Bighorns winning 5-4. The Bighorns finished their regular season this weekend against the Maulers on Friday and the Roughriders Saturday. The Bulls finish their season with the Quake this weekend in a home and home series.


Adam Johnson leads the Bighorns with 10 goals and 10 assist against the Bulls this season. Johnson has scored five powerplay goals against the Bulls and two game-winning goals. Nolan Grauer is second in points against the Bulls with six goals and eight assists. Ryan Sutliffe has been dominant in net against the Bulls with a 7-0 record, 1.43 goals against average and 90.9 save percentage in seven games played.

Jason Effertz, Alex Garbiso and Nicholas Scheafer all have four points against the Bighorns. Effertz has three goals and an assist, and Garbiso and Scheafer have a goal and three assists.


Complete First Round Schedule:


Helena Bighorns Vs Billings Bulls

Game 1 – Tuesday, February 23rd

 Helena @ Billings 7:30pm MST

Game 2 – Wednesday, February 24th

 Helena @ Billings 7:30pm MST

Game 3 – Friday, February 26th

 Billings @ Helena 7:35pm MST

*Game 4 – Saturday, February 27th

 Billings @ Helena 7:35pm MST

*Game 5 – Sunday, February 28th

 Billings @ Helena 3:00pm MST

*If necessary



The Yellowstone Quake will host the Missoula Maulers tomorrow in Game 1 of the American West Division at the Victory J Riley Arenea. These two teams have met nine times this season with the Maulers winning the season series 5-4. The Maulers beat the Quake last Saturday 8-0 in Cody. The Maulers will finish their season this weekend at home against Helena on Friday and Bozeman on Saturday.

The Maulers have out scored the Quake 32-27 in their nine meetings. Chris Rinaldi (10), Mathew Schulz (8), Jake Doty and Kory Sosnowski (7) lead the Quake in points against the Maulers. Rinaldi has four goals and six assists against the Maulers this season. Schulz and Doty both have five goals against the Maulers. The Quake’s goaltenders Alex Larson and Alex Steidler are 4-5 with 3.56 goals against average and 90.8 save percentage.

Martin Dubec leads the Maulers in scoring against the Quake with a five goals and four assists. Gary Astalos and Michael Zook have both play three games against the Quake and have three goals and four assists. Andy DiCristofaro has started eight games against the Quake and has posted a 5-3 record with 2.50 goals against average and 94 save percentage.

 Complete First Round Schedule


Game1 – Tuesday February 23rd

 Missoula at Yellowstone 7:30 MST

Game 2 – Wednesday February 24th

 Missoula at Yellowstone 7:30 MST

Game 3 – Friday February 26th

 Yellowstone at Missoula 7:30 MST

*Game 4 – Saturday February 27th

 Yellowstone at Missoula 7:30 MST

*Game 5 – Sunday February 28th

 Missoula at Yellowstone 4:00 MST

*If necessary


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