Helena had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to an 8-1 win over Glacier.
Helena\’s Adam Ranck was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 26 saves and let only one puck past him. Ranck certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.31 entering the contest.
Helena was often in penalty trouble, totaling five minors and two majors for 40 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 23.0 minutes per game Helena had been spending in the box. Helena forced Glacier\’s goaltenders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, racking up 65 shots and forcing 57 saves. Raymond Smith made 56 stops and Ben Perone made one. Helena put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Glacier to score on any of its five power plays. Helena outdid its season average for goals scored. Helena averages 3.6 goals per game.
Helena also got points from Arin Bondurant, who also registered one goal and three assists to lead the team in points, Ryan Daugherty, who also racked up one goal and two assists, and Riley Keays, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Helena also had goals scored by Brandon Mills, who had two and Bradley Estrada and Blake Babineau, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Helena were Matt Blassic, who had two and Wyatt Stotts, Bryan Knesel, Jack Dolan, Kyle Hayter, and Michael Ballard, who each chipped in one.
Glacier racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with five minors and two majors for 50 minutes in penalty time. Glacier surpassed its season average of 18.0 penalty minutes per game.
Helena registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Glacier ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Fretheim was ejected from the game.