Helena had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over Glacier.
Glacier was stymied by Helena\’s netminder Alex Kruger, who stopped 35 shots during the victory. Kruger managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 3.46 prior to the game.
Helena\’s penalty kill excelled, as Helena gave up zero goals despite allowing 10 power plays.
Helena\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled nine minors and one major for 33 minutes in penalty time. Helena had been averaging 23.0 minutes in penalties per game. Helena stifled Glacier\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Helena forced Glacier goalie Mikhail Pahrebets to work between the pipes, taking 42 shots.
Helena was helped by Kyle Hayter, who tallied one goal. Hayter scored 7:18 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Helena. Arin Bondurant picked up the assist. Helena also got points from Matt Blassic, who also had one goal and one assist and Cody Vanthournout, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Helena included Jack Dolan and John Greer, who scored one goal each. In addition, Helena received assists from Wyatt Stotts, who had two.
Glacier put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Helena to score on any of its five power plays. Glacier\’s offense rang up 36 shots on Helena\’s net.
Glacier was led by Tyler McMahon, who scored the team\’s only goal. McMahon scored 10:19 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Helena.
Pahrebets recorded 37 saves for Glacier. Glacier ended with 33 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major.