Helena uses early goal to top Great Falls, 2-0

The Helena Bighorns beat the Great Falls Americans, 2-0, in a contest where the winning goal was scored in the first period but the game remained close throughout.

Helena took over the lead for good with a goal by Logan Henne at 19:56 in the first period. Parker Olson provided the assist.

The Bighorns were boosted by Alek Lazarski, who turned in a shutout with 32 saves. Lazarski certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 1.0 entering the contest.

Helena was led by Henne, who grabbed one goal.

The Bighorns\’ penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled six minors and two majors for 32 minutes in penalty time. Helena had been averaging 20.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Bighorns excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. Helena could not produce up to its normal offensive output. The Bighorns put an average of 6.6 pucks into the net per game. Helena forced Great Falls goalie Evan Hauser to work between the pipes, taking 48 shots.

Damon Hanson also scored for Helena. In addition, Helena received assists from Theo Campe, John Bonta, and Corbin Belling, who each chipped in one.

The Americans\’ offense operated below their season average. Great Falls averages 4.5 goals per game. The Americans\’ offense rang up 32 shots on the Bighorns\’ net.

Helena registered one goal on six power play opportunities. Hauser recorded 46 saves for Great Falls. The Americans ended with 21 minutes in penalty time with eight minors and one major.