Gillette and Billings were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Gillette made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-2.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Kyle Traux\’s goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker.
Gillette was led by Traux, who had one goal and one assist. Traux scored short handed 19 seconds into the second period to make the score 3-2 Gillette.
Gillette\’s offense rang up 40 shots on Billings\’ net.
Gillette also had goals scored by Mitchell McEwan, Michael Doyle, and Brett Kramer, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Gillette were Tyler Reble, Cade Boreing, and Alex King, who contributed one each.
Billings kept Gillette\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Stephen Wroe made 34 saves on 36 shots.
Billings was helped by Edward Hoppmann, who tallied one goal. Hoppmann scored on the power play 11:05 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Billings. Billings earned a power play opportunity when Tyler Tennant was put in the box for kneeing. Zach Heiser assisted on the tally. Dillon Steh also scored for Billings. In addition, Billings received assists from Roy Aharonovich, Jonn Dunn, and Tristan Henrichs, who each chipped in one.
Gillette totaled 11 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and went 1-for-6 on the power play. Brandon Brown made 36 saves for Billings on 40 shots. Billings incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.