Gillette blows out Yellowstone, 8-1


The Gillette Wild had a six-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to an 8-1 win over the Yellowstone Quake.


Gillette was led by goalie Sean Kelley, who finished with 29 saves while allowing one goal. Kelley managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.98 prior to the game.

The Wild were led by Brandon Beard, who registered one goal. Beard scored 12:30 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Gillette. Tristen Leberknight picked up the assist.

Gillette stifled Yellowstone's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Wild forced the Quake goalie Lance Knudson to work between the pipes, taking 41 shots. Gillette surpassed its usual scoring output this season. The Wild average 3.6 goals per game.

Gillette additionally got points from Tyler Reble, who also had one goal and one assist, Mitchell McEwan, who also registered one goal and one assist, Ryan Bochert, who also racked up two goals and one assist to lead the team in points, and Darren Banks, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Alex King also scored for Gillette. More assists for Gillette came via Cade Boreing and Kyle Reilly, who contributed one each and Mitchell Huffman and Sam Cirone, who each chipped in two.

Yellowstone was led by Mike McCullen, who scored the team's only goal. McCullen scored 3:34 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Yellowstone. Nick Ligocki provided the assist.

Gillette incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. The Quake's Knudson stopped 33 shots out of the 41 that he faced. Yellowstone incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.