The Gillette Wild's Trent Dillinger had a big offensive game, scoring two goals and contributing two assists in his team's 8-2 win over the Great Falls Americans.
Dillinger's tallies came at 7:40 into the second period to make the score 2-2 and 15:33 into the second to make the score 4-2 Gillette.
Gillette put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Great Falls to score on any of its three power plays. The Wild's offense rang up 56 shots on the Americans' net. Gillette outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, the Wild average 4.8 goals per contest. Gillette got an offensive boost from its blue liners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Gillette also got points from Taylor Motsinger, who also finished with one goal and one assist,Boris Knyazev, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Tyler Cavan, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Gillette also had goals scored by Adam Pecht, who had one and Moco Willis, who had two. More assists for Gillette came via Tyler Johnson, who had three and Ronnie Wilshusen and Steve Patafio, who each chipped in one.
Great Falls found itself short handed often, totaling 34 penalty minutes and allowing seven power plays.
The Americans were helped by Connor Barta, who registered one goal. Barta scored 15:55 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Dylan Garton picked up the assist. Daniil Kulikov also scored for Great Falls.
Nick Vittori rejected 18 shots on goal for the Wild. Gillette incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Evan Hauser recorded 48 saves for Great Falls.