Quake start strong in home opener

By MATTHEW DAVIS, Cody Enterprise

Thirty seconds into the game last Saturday night, the Quake netted their first goal against the Butte Roughriders. Ten seconds later the score was 2-0.

It was over for Butte, before it even got started.

Yellowstone jumped on the Roughriders (2-6) for five first-period goals. They ran it up to 8-3 from there, and finished the weekend with two victories in two games against the Roughriders.

"We started slow Friday night, but picked it up in the second and third," forward Drew Parus said, after the game Saturday. "Tonight, we started strong, had a rough second, but picked it up in the third again.

"So overall, we had a solid weekend."

Just 30 seconds into the game, Parus put up the first goal against the Roughriders, and just seconds later, Zach Tuchklaper added another.

Throughout last weekend, the Quake (3-4) were relentless on offense, taking 108 shots on goal in the two contests. Yellowstone netted 22 goals over the weekend.

"We had a rough start to the season," Parus said. "So these wins will help us pick our heads up."

Parus, Tuchklaper and Alex Johansons all scored twice in Saturday's contest, with TJay Lozier and Matt Schulz adding one goal each.

"It's nice to open at home with a couple of big victories," coach Joe Cardarelli said. "Tonight, we started off strong.

"It was good to see."

The Quake outscored the Roughriders, 22-6, during the weekend, and took 46 more shots on goal.

The weekend series was sponsored by Dr. Lisa Williams and A Women's Place. The Quake wore pink socks to support breast cancer awareness month, in the "Pink in the Rink" series.

Friday night, the Quake scoring was led by Schulz and Tuchklaper, who both ended the night with hat tricks. Yellowstone rocked Butte 14-3 in the game.

In the first period, the Quake jumped to a 3-1 lead and kept the goals coming. They added another three in the second period. In the third, they blew the lid off the game, scoring eight times.

This week is a short one for the Quake. They face Southern Oregon at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at Riley Arena.