Jimmy Tich lifted the Yellowstone Quake to an 8-3 victory with a hat trick against the Billings Bulls.
Tich notched his first tally 10:36 into the second period. He then added goals at 3:17 into the third and at 12:40 into the third.
Yellowstone made Billings' netminders to work without much rest, firing 48 shots and forcing 40 saves. Isaac Tjaden made 25 stops and Lance Knudson made 15. The Quake's goal total was higher than their season average. Yellowstone averages 2.9 goals per game. The Quake got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed three goals during the game.
Yellowstone also got points from James Pyle, who also had one goal and four assists, Josh Neumann, who also tallied one goal and three assists, Cosimo Yapello, who also racked up two goals and one assist, and Connor Scovel, who also registered one goal and two assists. In addition, Yellowstone received assists from Sawyer Scanlan, who had one.
The Bulls kept Yellowstone's goalie busy throughout the game, and Rocco Yapello made 38 saves on 41 shots.
Billings was led by Steven Thompson, who had two goals. Thompson scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 15:40 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Yellowstone. The Bulls had gotten the advantage when the Quake's Tommy Toohey was sent off for fighting. Dexter Nealy picked up the assist. Thompson's next tally on the power play made the score 2-2 with 10:31 left in the second period. Tristen Heinrichs assisted on the tally. Billings also got a goal from Cody Phillips as well. More assists for Billings came via Sam Orth and Orri Haman, who contributed one a piece.
Yellowstone totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 2-for-8 on the power play. The Quake ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Toohey was ejected from the game. Billings incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.