Billings pulls away in second, rolls over Yellowstone, 8-3

The Billings Bulls scored four goals in the second period to pull away from the Yellowstone Quake and clinch an 8-3 win.

Billings got the win behind a great game by Nikolas Nasby, who had one goal and three assists. Nasby scored 8:36 into the third period to make the score 7-3 Billings. Ralfs Karelis picked up the assist.

Yellowstone\’s power play was ineffective against the Bulls\’ penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.

Billings was often in penalty trouble, totaling nine minors and two majors for 28 minutes in penalty time. The Bulls surpassed its season average of 21.0 penalty minutes per game. Billings forced the Quake\’s goalies to work between the pipes, launching 40 shots and forcing 32 saves. Sean Leahy made 19 stops and Rocco Yapello made 13. The Bulls outdid their season average for goals scored. Billings averages 3.0 goals per game. The defensemen of the Bulls were also effective in Yellowstone\’s zone, and came away with three goals.

Billings additionally got points from Matt Myers, who also had one goal and one assist and Cody Phillips, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Billings included Orri Haman, who had two and Colter Endy, Christian Akita, and Sam Orth, who each put in one. More assists for Billings came via Josh Pena, who had two and Steven Thompson, Joseph Mata, and Tristen Heinrichs, who contributed one a piece.

The Quake forced Billings goalie Lance Knudson to work between the pipes, taking 47 shots. Penalties took their toll on Yellowstone, as its penalty kill unit let in three power play goals. The Quake were often in penalty trouble, as it ended with six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time.

Yellowstone was helped by Ryan Garvey, who finished with one goal. Garvey scored 2:40 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Billings. Doug Keller provided the assist. Yellowstone also got points from Josh Neumann, who also registered one goal and one assist. TJay Lozier also scored for Yellowstone. Other players who recorded assists for Yellowstone were Mike McCullen, who had two and James Pyle and Sawyer Scanlan, who each chipped in one.

Knudson rejected 44 shots on goal for the Bulls.