Quake split series, tied for third in league

By MATTHEW DAVIS | Cody Enterprise

The Yellowstone Quake was looking for a couple of wins over the weekend when the team faced the Glacier Nationals.

Two wins against the Nationals (3-15) and the Quake would take over sole ownership of third place in the league. \"Click

They got things off to a good start, and by the end of the second period Friday the Quake (9-9-2) jumped to a 4-0 lead.

Alex Johansons started off the scoring at the end of the first period, with a power play goal, and in the second the Quake added three more. Darek Scott, Matt Schulz and Zach Tuchklaper all scored in the second.

Glacier mounted a comeback in the third, scoring twice to get the score to 4-2, but Andreas Olofsson scored for the Quake pushing the lead to 5-2.

Later in the third, the Nationals netted another couple of goals, but 5-4 was as close as it would get. Schulz added his second goal of the game at the 16:36 mark and the Quake held on for a 6-4 win to start the series.

On the night, the Quake scored twice on the power-play and finished the night 2-6. They did not allow a Glacier goal on their three power play chances.

The Quake needed a win Saturday night to leap into third place in front of the Vancouver Victory. It also was the last game of the road trip, their seventh game in nine days.

In the first period, the Quake's Olofsson scored twice and forward Drew Parus added a goal as well. The score stood at 3-1 at the end of the period.

The Nationals jumped back in the second, tying the game 3-3. In the third, the Quake took back the advantage early with a Michael Pijanowski goal, but the Nationals jumped right back 20 seconds later and tied the game 4-4.

The score remained tied throughout the third and pushed the game to a five-minute overtime. The Nationals took the lead three minutes into the extra period and the Quake couldn't catch up, losing 5-4.

Overtime losses do count to a team's record. A win is two points. A loss is zero points, and an overtime loss counts for a point.

This was the second Quake overtime loss of the season, and now the Quake and Victory are tied with 20 points in the league.

After the seven-game road series, the Quake will take a week break and return for a Dec. 2-4 series at Riley Arena against Vancouver.