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Bozeman Icedogs drop games at Great Falls, Helena

Posted at 11:44 AM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 13:49:12-04

(Editor’s note: Report by Merrick Parnell, Northern Hockey News)

BOZEMAN — The Bozeman Icedogs took the Great Falls Americans on in a classic battle that would go down to the wire on Oct. 11.

Great Falls came into the game in first place in the North American 3 Hockey Leagues’ (NA3HL) Frontier Division with a 8-1 record, with its high-powered offense having scored 71 goals in just 11 games. But it was Bozeman blazing out of the gates in the first period, getting a quick goal from Devin Hofmann at the 9:05 mark in the first. Both teams would battle throughout the game, as both traded chances and goals.

As the battle waged on, Bozeman found itself down 4-3 in the third. Bozeman then came within inches of connecting with the equalizing goal after Great Falls took three consecutive penalties. Nonetheless, Great Falls would score on a late game empty-netter to make it 5-3 and ultimately sealed the deal.

Bozeman goalie AJ Ruskowski would make 51 saves on the Americans, and Devin Hofmann would earn third-star honors with his two-goal performance. Hazen McKay netted Bozeman’s third goal.

On Friday night, the Icedogs dropped a 5-1 decision to the Helena Bighorns. McKay scored Bozeman’s lone goal on the power play from Nash Pine and Brock Finn, and Ruskowski finished the game with a 37-save performance.

The Icedogs will next face the Butte Cobras at home on Oct. 18. The Icedogs lead the Butte Cobras 2-0 in the season series after 13-0 and 8-1 wins in September.

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