Helena\’s Blake Babineau had a big offensive game, scoring two goals and contributing one assist in his team\’s 6-3 win over Billings.
Babineau\’s tallies came at 15:03 into the second period to make the score 4-3 Helena and on the power play 12:42 into the third to make the score 5-3 Helena.
Billings was unable to stop Helena from sending pucks towards the net, and Helena eventually piled up 52 shots on goal. Helena got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. Helena struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 32 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays.
Helena additionally got points from Gavin Lubin, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Helena included Wyatt Stotts, Benjamin Kraus, and Ryan Daugherty, who scored one goal each. In addition, Helena received assists from Brandon Mills, who had two and Connor Dunn, Johnny Bonta, Bryan Knesel, and Cody Vanthournout, who each chipped in one.
Billings forced Helena goalie Grant Martens to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots.
Billings was helped by Mason Graves, who had two goals. Graves scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 2:58 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Billings had gotten the advantage when Helena\’s Matt Blassic was sent off for head contact. Connor Melton picked up the assist. Graves\’ next tally on the power play made the score 3-3 with 5:26 left in the second period. Billings had gained a power play chance when Jay Forbes was whistled for slashing. Luke Erickson provided the assist. Billings also got points from Melton, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Billings were Dillon Steh, who had one and Tristan Henrichs, who had two.
Martens rejected 35 shots on goal for Helena. Helena registered two goals on five power play opportunities. Brandon Brown recorded 46 saves for Billings. Billings incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors.