The Helena Bighorns opened up a five-goal lead after the first period and did not look back en route to a 9-0 over the Yellowstone Quake.
Alek Lazarski frustrated Yellowstone\’s offense all game, and stopped 25 shots en route to a shutout. Lazarski managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.82 prior to the game.
Helena got the win with help from a great game by Sebastian Hansson, who had two goals and four assists. Hansson scored the first of his two goals short handed at 13:14 into the second period to make the score 6-0 Helena. A roughing call on Logan Henne put the Bighorns on the penalty kill. Dylan Webster picked up the assist. Hansson\’s next tally short handed made the score 9-0 Helena with 5:16 left in the third period. Theo Campe provided the assist.
Helena was often in penalty trouble, totaling 10 minors and one major for 35 minutes in penalty time. The Bighorns had been averaging 21.0 minutes in penalties per game. Helena made Quake\’s goaltenders to work without much rest, getting 39 shots and forcing 30 saves. Rocco Yapello made three stops and Sean Leahy made 27. The Bighorns excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in seven chances. Helena found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. The Bighorns have scored at the pace of 6.5 goals per game during the current campaign. Helena got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed five goals during the game.
Helena also got points from Sam Bratten, who also racked up three goals and one assist and Austin Buckholtz, who also registered one goal and two assists. Helena also had goals scored by John Bonta, Parker Olson, and Brian Skillicorn, who each put in one. In addition, Helena received assists from Austin Loes, who had two and Nick Okada and Ryan Webber, who each chipped in one.
The Quake racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 26.0 minutes per game Yellowstone had been spending in the box. The Quake stifled the Bighorns\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Yellowstone could not produce up to it normal offensive output. The Quake put an average of 2.8 pucks into the net per game.
Helena registered zero goals on six power play opportunities.