Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Gillette defeated Yellowstone in a shootout 4-3 (3-1 SO).
The shootout lasted for five attempts between the teams. Yellowstone got a shootout goal from Tony Dahlberg. In addition to the clincher, Gillette got shootout goals from Mitchell McEwan and Alex King.
Gillette came back from a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. Gillette was down 3-2 after a goal by Yellowstone\’s Max Doner at 12:38 in the third period. Gillette knotted things up at 3-3 on a goal by Kyle Traux at 16:23 in the third period.
Traux had one goal and two assists to lead Gillette.
Yellowstone was unable to stop Gillette from sending pucks towards the net, and Gillette eventually piled up 36 shots on goal.
Gillette additionally got points from RJ Yusko, who also had one goal and one assist. Michael Doyle also scored for Gillette. In addition, Gillette received assists from Tyler Reble and Gennadi Zabeline, who each chipped in one.
Yellowstone\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Gillette power plays. Yellowstone kept Gillette\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Stephen Wroe made 36 saves on 39 shots. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
Yellowstone was led by Hunter Ruschmeyer, who registered two goals. Ruschmeyer scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 15:20 into the second period to make the score 1-1. A checking from behind penalty on Hunter Johnson had put Yellowstone on the power play. Nicholas Elliot assisted on the tally. Ruschmeyer\’s next tally on the power play made the score 2-2 with 15:15 left in the third period. Yellowstone had gotten the advantage when Gillette\’s Johnson was sent off for hooking. Elliot picked up the assist. More assists for Yellowstone came via Will Landsverk and Jake Dickison, who contributed one each.
Gillette incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Lance Knudson made 32 saves for Yellowstone on 35 shots. Yellowstone incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.