Quake battle short bench in loss to Bozeman
- By Leo Wolfson firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yellowstone Quake battled through a short bench and a rash of injuries Friday night falling 7-1 to the Bozeman Ice Dogs at Riley Arena. Yellowstone was only able to suit up 10 skaters for the game, not even enough players for two full lines.
Most notably missing was the team’s top goal scorer Luke Hartge who was one of the injured.
One player who was healthy enough to play after sitting five weeks form injury was Cody local Jack Harris, who scored the Quake’s only goal in his first return to the ice.
On a beautiful two-on-one breakaway, Ryan Lovelace found Harris with a saucer pass and Harris ripped the puck through the goal with little hesitation. The score helped the team avoid a shutout with only 2:05 left. Will Yates was also credited with an assist on the play. It was Harris’s second goal of the season.
The Quake held the Ice Dogs at bay early, fending off countless Bozeman attacks thanks to swift goaltending from Michael Allman. Bozeman wouldn’t find net until 16:22 in the first period on a low shot from Hazen McKay that drifted past Allman’s right pad.
The Quake and Allman kept it scoreless for the remainder of the first and continued to weather the storm for seven minutes into the second before an onslaught of Bozeman goals changed the game.
The Ice Dogs’ pucks came at the Norwegian Allman at a fast and furious pace, with four crossing the net in a span of just 5:45. Duncan McGarrah, Issac Smoldon, Brady Kellerman and Connor Fuchs all scored in the second frame for Bozeman. By the time the period was over, Allman had already faced 42 shots in the game.
Allman kept his cool and only allowed two more goals in the third from Nash Pine and Hayden Groth despite getting barraged with 27 more Ice Dog shots on net. He finished the night with 62 saves and a .898 save percentage.
The Quake were outshot 69-16 on the night.
Despite being the team’s smallest player in size, Lovelace played with physicality all night, racking up a whopping 8 penalty minutes alone.