CODY, Wyo. – Cody Hess had two goals and two assists as the Helena Bighorns completed a two-game sweep of the Yellowstone Quake with an 8-3 victory in a NorPac hockey game at Victor J. Riley Arena on Saturday night.
A night after tempers flaired and seven players were ejected during a 7-3 Helena victory, things regained a sense of normalcy, although Helena’s Trevor Tracy and Yellowstone’s Alex Vasquez were both ejected after a fight in the game’s final three minutes.
Helena (19-1, 38 points) kept an eight-point lead over Missoula in the America West Division.
The Bighorns opened a 3-0 lead after one period on powerplay goals by Marcus McSweeney and former Yellowstone player Nick Hinsberg, sandwiched around an even-strength tally by Evan Smith. Tracy assisted on each one.
Yellowstone (8-13, 16 points) cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the second period when Mathew Peddie and Ethan Range scored 34 seconds apart.
Ryan Parkhouse (two goals, one assist) made it 4-2 Helena off an assist from Hess at 6:45, before Peddie’s second score of the game cut the margin to 4-3.
Hess’ first goal, which came with 3:03 remaining in the second period, may have been the game’s biggest, restoring a two-goal Helena lead after 40 minutes.
Parkhouse, Hess and Daniel Poulin each tallied in the third period as Helena amassed a 50-17 shot advantage.
The Bighorns travel to Bozeman on Friday, before hosting Missoula next Saturday.
HELENA 8, YELLOWSTONE 3
Helena 3 2 3 — 8
Yellowstone 0 3 0 — 3
First period – 1, HEL, McSweeney (Tracy), 4:03 (pp). 2, HEL, Smith (Tracy, Hess), 16:07. 3, HEL, Hinsberg (Tracy, Buckholz), 19:52. Penalties — Yel, Olofsson (cross checking), 3:01; Yel, Dixon (slash-ing), 4:48; Yel, Vasquez (roughing), 9:39; Yel, Mackinnon (hooking), 12:04; Hel, Tellez (high sticking), 17:22; Yel, Tuchkalper (elbowing), 19:30.
Second period — 4, YEL, Peddie (Olofsson), 2:32; 5, YEL, Range (Dixon, Olofsson), 3:06. 6, HEL, Parkhouse (Hess, Kassulat), 6:45. 7, YEL, Peddie (Farber, Lord), 15:06 (pp). 8, HEL, Hess (Z. Maxwell, Parkhouse), 16:57. Penalties – Yel, Dennis (hooking), 9:24; Hel, Kassulat (slashing), 13:48; Yel, Range (slash-ing), 19:35.
Third period — 9, HEL, Parkhouse (Z. Maxwell, McSwenney), 0:55. 10, HEL, Hess (Smith, Kassulat), 10:47. 11, HEL, Poulin (Buckholz, Winfield), 13:43. Penalties – Hel, Tracy (fighting major and game misconduct), 17:28; Yel, Vasquez (fighting major and game misconduct), 17:28.
Shot son goal: Hel 22-12-16 -50. Yel 6-10-1 -17
Power plays: Hel 3 for 7; Yel 1 for 2.
Goalies: Hel, Wackerly (17 shots-14 saves). Yel, Caruso (50-42).