Yellowstone jumped out to a four-point advantage by the end of the first period and beat Glacier, 7-2.
Nicholas Elliot had two goals and one assist to lead Yellowstone. Elliot scored the first of his two goals at 2:38 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Yellowstone. Manuel Manero assisted on the tally. Elliot\’s next tally made the score 4-0 Yellowstone with 34 seconds left in the first period. Cosimo Yapello picked up the assist.
Yellowstone\’s penalty kill excelled, as Yellowstone gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays.
Yellowstone forced Glacier\’s goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, racking up 59 shots and forcing 52 saves. Raymond Smith made 38 stops and Mikhail Pahrebets made 14. Yellowstone stifled Glacier\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Yellowstone\’s goal total was higher than its season average. This season, Yellowstone averages 4.1 goals per contest. Yellowstone\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.
Yellowstone additionally got points from Yapello, who also had one goal and one assist, Max Doner, who also registered one goal and one assist, Nick Green, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Justin Berezinski, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Reed Kelly also scored for Yellowstone. Other players who recorded assists for Yellowstone were Nick Ligocki, who had two and Drew Nelson, Curtis Greenbush, Tanner Vincent, Nick Pizzey, and Matt Runyon, who contributed one each.
Glacier forced Yellowstone\’s goaltenders to work in net, launching 38 shots and forcing 36 saves. Lance Knudson made 24 stops and Evan Eriksmoen made 12. Glacier\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Yellowstone power plays.
Yellowstone incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Glacier incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.