Great Falls survives Helena comeback, wins 3-1

The Great Falls Americans survived a determined comeback attempt by the Helena Bighorns on the way to a 3-1 win.

A goal by Cody Page put Great Falls up 3-0 in the third period, but Helena pulled to within two on Georgy Ostapchuk\’s tally 17:39 into the third period.

The Americans were led by goalie Lauren Massie, who finished with 48 saves while allowing one goal. Massie certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.13 entering the contest.

Great Falls was led by Lucas Stover, who had one goal and one assist. Stover scored 14:14 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Great Falls. Connor Barta provided the assist. Great Falls also got a goal from Wade Wylie as well. More assists for Great Falls came via Robert Kalata, Michal Kliment, Erik Gatson, and Reed Link, who each chipped in one.

The Bighorns did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Helena puts an average of 4.6 pucks into the net per game. The Bighorns\’ offense rang up 49 shots on the Americans\’ net.

In addition, Helena received assists from Bryan Knesel and Johnny Bonta, who contributed one each.

Great Falls incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Adam Ranck made 23 saves for Helena on 26 shots. The Bighorns incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.