Yellowstone survives Great Falls comeback, wins 2-1


Great Falls tried its best to erase a two-goal deficit, but Yellowstone would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 2-1.

Yellowstone made the score 2-0 on a goal by Hunter Ruschmeyer at 19:12 in the second period, and Great Falls got as close as 2-1 when Austin Krantz scored 18:40 into the third period.


Yellowstone was boosted by Derrick LaCombe, who turned in a shutout with 49 saves. The solid play of LaCombe will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.35.

Yellowstone's penalty kill excelled, as Yellowstone gave up zero goals despite allowing six power plays.

Yellowstone stifled Great Falls' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Yellowstone's offense rang up 44 shots on Great Falls' net.

Yellowstone also got a goal from Tony Dahlberg as well. In addition, Yellowstone received assists from Max Doner and Manuel Manero, who contributed one each.

Great Falls forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. Great Falls had been averaging 19.0 minutes in penalties per game. Great Falls' offense operated below its season average. Great Falls puts an average of 4.6 pucks into the net per game. Great Falls forced Yellowstone goalie LaCombe to work between the pipes, taking 50 shots.

Other players who recorded assists for Great Falls were Brendan Jester and Ricards Bernhards, who each chipped in one.

Yellowstone incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Lauren Massie rejected 42 shots on goal for Great Falls. Great Falls ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Josh Larson was ejected from the game.