The Helena Bighorns had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 6-1 win over the Great Falls Americans.
Great Falls was stymied by Helena netminder Alek Lazarski, who stopped 35 shots during the victory.
The Americans' power play was ineffective against the Bighorns' penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
Helena's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on six Great Falls power plays. The Bighorns' offense rang up 55 shots on Great Falls' net.
Helena was helped by Kevin Choi, who had one goal. Choi scored 5:55 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Helena. Dylan Webster provided the assist. Helena also got points from Kyle Baker, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Helena also had goals scored by Parker Olson, who had two and Damon Hanson and Cody Blom, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Helena were Christian Axelson, Ben Henry, and John Petersson, who each chipped in one.
The Americans excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. Great Falls' offense rang up 36 shots on the Bighorns' net.
Helena incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Evan Hauser rejected 49 shots on goal for the Americans. Great Falls incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.