GREAT FALLS – The Helena Bighorns used a late power play goal from Mikhail Gavrilenko to top the Great Falls Americans 3-2 in a rivalry game at the Ice Plex.
Helena (12-7-1) opened the scoring in the first period with a Kaden Lindberg goal in the 11th minute off an assist from Gavin Kline. Great Falls (13-5-2) answered 20 seconds later with a Matt Larson goal to knot things up at 1-1 heading to the first intermission.
Richard Groskops added a goal in the second period to give the Bighorns a 2-1 lead. Payton McSharry scored the equalizer early in the third period before Gavrilenko put the Americans away for good.
Helena goalie Nick Battaglia saved 27-of-29 Americans shots, while Great Falls net minder Bryan Sharp managed 44 saves against 47 shots.