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Yellowstone rips Billings, 8-3

 

Yellowstone had a five-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to an 8-3 win over Billings.

 

Yellowstone forced Billings' goaltenders to work without much rest, taking 73 shots and forcing 65 saves. Brandon Brown made 65 stops and Kyle Jacobs made zero. Yellowstone put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Billings to score on any of its three power plays. Yellowstone found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, Yellowstone averages 4.7 goals per contest.

Yellowstone was helped by Manuel Manero, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Manero scored 3:05 into the second period to make the score 4-0 Yellowstone. Reed Kelly picked up the assist. Yellowstone additionally got points from Curtis Greenbush, who also racked up one goal and two assists, Mason Stewart, who also registered one goal and one assist, Nicholas Elliot, who also finished with one goal and two assists, and Tristan Henrichs, who also grabbed two goals and one assist. Others who scored for Yellowstone included Max Doner and Tony Dahlberg, who scored one goal each. More assists for Yellowstone came via Nick Greene, who had three and Cosimo Yapello, Mike McCullen, Nick Pizzey, Will Landsverk, and Jake Dickison, who contributed one each.

Billings was led by Zach Heiser, who tallied one goal and two assists. Heiser scored 19:10 into the second period to make the score 6-1 Yellowstone. Mason Graves provided the assist. Billings also had goals scored by Connor Melton and Dillon Steh, who each put in one. In addition, Billings received assists from Keith Gustin, Edward Hoppmann, and Chris Nicolai, who each chipped in one.

Evan Eriksmoen made six saves before being replaced by Lance Knudson, who took the win and made 15 saves. Yellowstone incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Billings incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.