Behind a great game by Gennadi Zabeline, who had two goals and two assists, Gillette defeated Helena, 6-2.
Zabeline\’s tallies came on the power play at 11:31 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Gillette and on the power play 18:27 into the first to make the score 3-1 Gillette.
Gillette pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 20 penalty minutes.
Gillette forced Helena\’s goaltenders to work all game long, getting 39 shots and forcing 33 saves. Grant Martens made 21 stops and Adam Ranck made 12. Gillette found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Gillette averages 3.6 goals per game. Gillette had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just two goals on 10 chances. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.
Gillette additionally got points from Adam Maxfield, who also racked up one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Gillette included Kyle Traux, Cade Boreing, and Michael Doyle, who each put in one. In addition, Gillette received assists from Colt Johnson, Riley Holwegner, Alex King, and RJ Yusko, who each chipped in one.
Helena\’s offense rang up 34 shots on Gillette\’s net. Helena could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.
Helena was helped by Bradley Estrada, who had one goal. Estrada scored 1:30 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Gillette. Wyatt Stotts assisted on the tally. Gavin Lubin also scored for Helena. More assists for Helena came via Johnny Bonta and Blake Babineau, who contributed one each.
Alex Feese made 32 saves for Gillette on 34 shots. Helena registered one goal on six power play opportunities.