Quake drop first series to Helena


Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:02 pm


The Yellowstone Quake suffered their first weekend sweep of the season against Helena and were out-scored 15-3 in two games last Friday and Saturday.

The two losses come one week after sweeping Billings and scoring nine goals in two days.

Helena entered the weekend undefeated in regulation play and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period against the Quake on Friday.

The Quake (4-4) never regrouped and lost in Helena 10-0, the worst loss of the season. The Quake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead Saturday and maintained it late in the second period. But the Bighorns (6-0-1) scored a goal with seven seconds left in the second and then exploded for four goals in the third period to secure a 5-3 victory.

“We’re going to grow,” coach Tim Lozier said. “We realized we had them the first two periods, but in the second period we had a couple bad breaks and that turned the game.”

Sam Gottfredsen started the scoring for the Quake with a goal early in the first period. Bryan Standly and Sam Basich added the second and third Quake goals but Helena’s Jacob Wolter accounted for three of the Bighorns five straight goals to close out the game.

“We had them the whole game,” Quake forward Michael Berens said. “It’s super frustrating to blow that lead.”

The Quake have another split weekend against Bozeman, playing away Friday and returning home for a game Saturday.

Bozeman has yet to win a game this season and has been out-scored 55-3 in six losses.