Billings beats Yellowstone 6-5 after comeback scare


The Yellowstone Quake tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Billings Bulls held on for a 6-5 victory.

Billings made the score 5-3 on a goal by Matt Myers at 16:49 in the second period, and Yellowstone got as close as 5-4 when Reed Kaiser scored 4:59 into the third period.


The Bulls' offense rang up 39 shots on the Quake's net. Billings outdid its season average for goals scored. The Bulls average 2.7 goals per game.

Billings was led by T J Theodosopoulos, who racked up one goal and one assist. Theodosopoulos scored short handed 13:48 into the third period to make the score 6-5 Billings. The Bulls were on a disadvantage when Conner Brady went off the ice for checking from behind. Billings also got points from Myers, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Billings also had goals scored by Aaron Rio, Stephen Thompson, Bryce Jensen, and Tristen Heinrichs, who scored one goal each. More assists for Billings came via Dexter Nealy and Nik Nasby, who each chipped in one and Ralfs Karelis and Dixon Whitehead, who contributed two a piece.

Billings was unable to stop Yellowstone from sending pucks towards the net, and the Quake eventually piled up 39 shots on goal. Yellowstone found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, the Quake average 2.9 goals per contest.

Yellowstone was led by Jaden Sveinson, who tallied one goal and two assists. Sveinson scored on the power play 11:39 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Billings. The Quake earned a power play opportunity when Brady was put in the box for checking from behind. Cameron Hardiak assisted on the tally. Yellowstone additionally got points from Sawyer Scanlan, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Yellowstone included James Pyle and Trent Carter, who each put in one. In addition, Yellowstone received assists from Josh Neumann, Mike McCullen, Cosimo Yapello, and Trey Kraut, who each chipped in one.

Cole Semchak recorded 34 saves for the Bulls. Billings totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with nine minors and one major and went 2-for-8 on the power play. Yellowstone's Case Hansen stopped 33 shots out of the 39 that he faced. The Quake incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors.