Bighorns best Billings to complete weekend sweep

BILLINGS – Anthony Petruzzelli and Cody Hess each scored twice as part of a five-goal second period as the Helena Bighorns posted their sixth straight victory, beating the Billings Bulls 8-1 in a NorPac game at Centennial Ice Arena on Sunday night.

Michael Sullivan, Patrick Love, Blair Murphy and Chris Rinaldi also scored for Helena (22-1, 44 points), which swept three games over the weekend and extended its lead in the America West Division to 12 points over idle Missoula.

After a scoreless first period, Petruzzelli put Helena in front with a goal just 2:01 into the second period. Sullivan and Petruzzilli then scored 1:59 apart midway through the period for a 3-0 lead.

Hess, who scored twice in a win over Bozeman on Friday, added two more late in the second period. He added two assists for his second four-point game of the weekend.

Chace Jackson got the Bulls’ lone goal.

The Bighorns host Bozeman on Wednesday night before heading to Spokane to participate in the NorPac Showcase beginning on Friday.



Helena 0  5  3 — 8

Billings 0  0  1  — 1

First period — No scoring. Penalties — Murphy, Hel (tripping), 3:10; Rinaldi, Hel (interference), 5:33; Jorgenson, Bil (tripping), 7:39; Tracy, Hel (interference), 14:38; Wenzell, Hel (tripping), 17:04.

Second period — 1, HEL, Petruzzelli (Hess, Bucholtz), 2:01. 2, HEL, Sullivan (Tracy, McSweeney), 5:43. 3, HEL, Petruzzelli (Z. Maxwell, Hess), 7:42. 4, HEL, Hess (Laneville, Z. Maxwell), 12:06. 5, HEL, Hess (Murphy), 16:33. Penalties —Jackson, Bil (roughing), 3:44; Hoffman, Bil (delay of game), 4:53; Rinaldi, Hel (delay of game), 4:53; Smith, Hel (slashing), 10:09; Wong, Bil (interference), 15:37; Buckholtz, Hel (interference), 17:36.

Third period — 6, BIL, C. Jackson (Bonanno), 6:43. 7, HEL, Love (Kassulat, Grauer), 8:48. 8, HEL, Murphy (Tellez), 9:43. 9, HEL, Rinaldi (Laneville), 17:49. Penalties — Sullivan, Hel (tripping), 5:03; Laneville, Hel (tripping), 15:28.

Shots on goal: Helena 11-16-19 — 46, Billings 8-6-7 – 21.

Power plays: Hel 0 for 3, Bil 0 for 8.

Goalies — Hel, Wenzell (21 shots-20 saves), Bil, Sherman (46-38).