Division Title Round Starts Tomorrow

After a first round sweep of the Billings Bulls the Helena Bighorns are off to take on the Yellowstone Quake for the America West Divisional Playoff Title.

The Quake, who are coming off a first round sweep of the Missoula Maulers, will be hosting the first two games of the best of five series in Cody Wyoming starting Tuesday. Even though the Bighorns won the regular season division title and are the number one seed, they have chosen to start the series in Yellowstone. Game two will also see the second seed Quake on home ice Wednesday night.

Playoff hockey returns to Helena Ice Arena on Friday, March 5th for game three and Saturday and Sunday for games four and five if those games are needed to decide the series. 

Helena won the nine game regular season series against Yellowstone 8-3, with three of those games decided by only one goal. While Helena showed more offense during the regular season, outscoring Yellowstone 38-28 in their match-ups, the Quake were the only team to put up double digits against Helena when they beat them 10-3 back in October. With both teams having the top two offenses in the division, Helena with 270 goals for and Yellowstone with 255, and with the winner of the series getting an automatic bid to nationals this series should be prove to be one exciting game after another.


Should the Bighorns advance past this round they will play the winner of the Pacific Division Final Series, the Seattle Totems or the Eugene Generals, for the chance to go back-to-back-to-back as the NorPac League champions and holders of the Cascade Cup.

Playoff tickets are on sale now at the Helena Ice Arena box office or online at www.helenabighorns.com/tickets.  For more information, please call the Helena Bighorns office at (406) 457-2817or visit our website at www.helenabighorns.com.   


America West Division Final – Complete Schedule

Helena Bighorns Vs Yellowstone Quake

Game 1 – Tuesday, March 2nd

Helena @ Yellowstone 7:30pm

Game 2 – Wednesday, March 3rd

Helena @ Yellowstone 7:30pm

Game 3 – Friday, March 5th

Yellowstone @ Helena 7:05pm

*Game 4 – Saturday,  March 6th

Yellowstone @ Helena 7:05pm

*Game 5 – Sunday, March 7th

Yellowstone @ Helena time TBA

*If necessary