Bozeman Icedogs Upset First Place Helena
By Merrick Parnell
The Helena Bighorns came into Saturday night’s contest with an impressive 20-1 record and sat in first place in the North American 3 Hockey League’s Frontier Division. However, this past Saturday, the Icedogs shocked the Frontier Division with a definitive 5-2 win over the Big Horns on home ice.
Bozeman’s offensive was hot since the opening puck drop, as Duncan Mcgarrah and Connor Fuchs would score the games’ opening goals in the first period and Hazen McKay would net another in the second period.
The Icedogs defense would jump all over the Big Horn offense, stifling the top-ranked team and shutting them down. Helena did not tally on the scoreboard until late in the 3rd period.
Bozeman’s Isaac Smoldon and Dominic Canic would round out the Bozeman blitzkrieg of scoring, with two goals of their own in the third and final frame.
“We wanted to play a full 60 against Helena for the first time this year, and I think from top to bottom every single guy showed great effort last night,” said Canic. “The special teams battle was huge for us, going 2/3 on the power play and shutting them down on the penalty kill.”
On Friday, the Icedogs smacked the Yellowstone Quake 7-1 in Cody, Wyoming. Seven different Icedogs would score in the game, and Fuchs led the club in assists with 4.
Next weekend the Icedogs will take on the Bruins on Friday and Yellowstone on Saturday. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. at the Hayes Pavillion.