Great Falls uses fast start to beat Yellowstone, 12-1

The Great Falls Americans jumped out to a four-point advantage by the end of the first period and beat the Yellowstone Quake, 12-1.

Hunter Garris had a great game for Great Falls, netting four goals. Garris got on the scoresheet 3:06 into the first period. He then added goals at 9:18 into the first, at 1:22 into the third, and at 16:21 into the third.

The Americans were led by goalie Evan Hauser, who finished with 38 saves while allowing one goal. The solid play of Hauser will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 1.17.

Great Falls forced Quake\’s netminders to work all game long, taking 73 shots and forcing 61 saves. Lance Knudson made 17 stops and AJ Hill made 44. The Americans\’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Yellowstone power plays. Great Falls outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, the Americans average 5.3 goals per contest. Great Falls got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed five goals during the game.

Great Falls additionally got points from Marvin Simmons, who also grabbed one goal and three assists, Wade Wylie, who also had one goal and one assist, Lucas Stover, who also finished with one goal and one assist, and Malachi Bushey, who also registered one goal and three assists. Devin Panzeca also scored for Great Falls. In addition, Great Falls received assists from Arseny Ivanov, who had one, Adam Apangalook, who had four, and Robert Kalata, Michael Kliment, Zack Mese, Miles Giorgione, and Connor Barta, who each chipped in two.

Yellowstone\’s offense rang up 39 shots on the Americans\’ net.

Yellowstone also got a goal from Mike McCullen as well. More assists for Yellowstone came via Sawyer Scanlan and Sean Pilet, who contributed one each.

Great Falls incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. The Quake incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.