The Gillette Wild, who led by three goals at one point, survived a comeback attempt by Gillette and clinched a 6-4 victory.
The Wild led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Gillette\’s Darren Banks\’s scored at 6:19 in the second period to put the Wild up 6-3.
The Wild kept the Bozeman Icedogs\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Zach Skop made 25 saves on 31 shots. Gillette\’s normally stingy defense allowed more goals than usual. The Wild are averaging 1.8 goal against for the season. Gillette\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.
Gillette also got points from Tyler Reble, who also registered one goal and two assists and Greg Sauers, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Tj Mcminn also scored for Gillette. More assists for Gillette came via King A, who had one and Nick Mead, who had two.
Bozeman\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Gillette power plays.
The Icedogs were helped by Garret Bryan, who finished with one goal. Bryan scored on the power play 10:59 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Bozeman. Bozeman had gotten the advantage when the Wild\’s Banks was sent off for tripping. Weston Blatter assisted on the tally. Bozeman additionally got points from Kegan Couture, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Bozeman included Jason Demczak and Steven Nisbet, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Bozeman were Ryan Erickson, who had two and Jake Nelson, Gunnar Mogck, and Patrick Anaruk, who contributed one a piece.
Gillette took out Josh Beatty after he had made nine saves and installed Michael Kitts in goal, where he finished with two saves and the win. The Wild ended with seven minutes in penalty time with one minor and one major. The Icedogs incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors.