Reed Kelly netted a hat trick to lead Yellowstone over Gillette, 8-6.
Kelly notched his first tally 7:03 into the first period. He then added goals at 14:33 into the third and at 19:05 into the third.
The teams traded the lead four times and neither team could skate away and hide. Gillette took its last lead at 13:32 in the third on a goal by Tyler Tennant to make the score 6-5 Gillette. Yellowstone took over the lead for good with a goal by Matt Runyon 17:23 into the third to make the score 7-6.
Yellowstone kept Gillette\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Stephen Wroe made 39 saves on 47 shots. Yellowstone outdid its season average for goals scored. Yellowstone has scored at the pace of 4.5 goals per game during the current campaign. Yellowstone was held back by its power play unit, which tallied one goal on 11 chances. Yellowstone got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. Yellowstone could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 34 minutes in penalties during the game.
Yellowstone additionally got points from Jake Dickison, who also had one goal and one assist and Runyon, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Yellowstone included Max Doner, Nicholas Elliot, and Nick Ligocki, who scored one goal each. More assists for Yellowstone came via Hunter Ruschmeyer, who had two and Curtis Greenbush and Nick Greene, who each chipped in one.
Gillette\’s offense rang up 32 shots on Yellowstone\’s net. Gillette surpassed its usual scoring output this season. This season, Gillette averages 3.7 goals per contest. Gillette\’s penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as Gillette finished with 40 penalty minutes.
Gillette was helped by Alex King, who finished with two goals. King scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 16:30 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Gillette had taken the advantage when Yellowstone\’s Elliot got sent off for tripping. Alex Feese provided the assist. King\’s next tally on the power play made the score 2-1 Gillette with 12:58 left in the second period. Cade Boreing picked up the assist. Gillette also got points from Boreing, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Gillette also got a goal from Nick Scherbinin as well. In addition, Gillette received assists from Kyle Traux, who had three and Preston Fuller, Gennadi Zabeline, Brett Kramer, and RJ Yusko, who contributed one each.
Derrick LaCombe rejected 26 shots on goal for Yellowstone. Gillette registered three goals on 11 power play opportunities. Gillette ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Yusko was ejected from the game.