The Yellowstone Quake rebounded from a frustrating loss on Friday to split a weekend series with Gillette on Saturday.
The Quake rallied to tie Friday’s game at three with four minutes, five seconds left in the third period and had a power play opportunity in the final minute.
The referees didn’t grant Yellowstone a timeout and Gillette stole the puck and scored with 42 seconds left in the game.
“That was a tough loss to swallow,” Quake head coach Brad Zangs said.
The Quake (2-2) bounced back quickly on Saturday, scoring five goals in the first two periods, but the Wild would end the shutout with a last second goal in the second period.
“We talk about not giving up in the first minute of the game or the last minute, and it happened two times this weekend and it’s unacceptable,” Zangs said.
Gillette (1-1) started strong in the third period, scoring two goals within 40 seconds of each other to narrow the Quake lead.
The Wild added a fourth goal with less than three minutes left, but the Quake added their sixth with 1:38 remaining to seal the 6-4 victory.
“We should have come out with some more urgency in the third period,” Zangs said. “We got lucky with a good win tonight.”
The Quake’s six goals on Saturday were scored by six different players and goalie Trevor Zangs had 40 saves.
“We wanted payback more than anything and we know we’re a better team,” Orri Haman said.
The Quake have a short break before their next game, playing Billings (1-0) at home on Thursday and traveling to Billings on Friday.
“We have three practices and we have to be ready to go,” Haman said.
Michael Berens and Chris Andre were named the American West Hockey League Players of the Week for week one.
Berens had four goals and two assists and Andre had two goals and three assists in two games against Missoula.