Continuing to hold sway over the Frontier Division of the North American Tier III junior hockey league, the Yellowstone Quake overcame two challenges this weekend, topping the Gillette Wild, 7-5, Friday night on the road and the Bozeman Icedogs, 6-5 in overtime at home at Riley Arena.
The victories solidified the Quake’s hold on first place with a 14-0-0-1 record.
Yellowstone erupted for six goals in the first period at Spirit Hall Ice Arena in Gillette Friday against the second-place Wild before the hosts gradually trimmed the margin.
Curtis Greenbush scored two goals for the Quake.
It was more of an up-and-down contest Saturday before Jesse Lawman fired in the winning goal at 3:33 of OT after the Quake trailed 5-4. Reed Kelly, who set up Lawman’s game-winner, also scored two goals.
Carter Johnson of Meeteetse, the only local player on the team, scored short-handed goals in both games. The Quake’s shooting plurality against Bozeman was 55-35.