Fastest Hat Trick in the West
Weekend Series Summary: 2 close matches with Great Falls followed by and a commanding shutout win over Helena including a 49 second Hat Trick by Christian Ward!
Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Great Falls Americans 5 vs. Missoula Junior Bruins 4 (OT) – Danny O’Donnell scored halfway through overtime to give the 5-4 OT win to the Great Falls Americans over the Missoula Junior Bruins. Matt Janke, Tanner Congdon, Brendan Jester, and Adam Vandenbos scored in regulation for the Americans, and Rhys Cottle, Zachary Colgrove, Joseph Porco, and Christian Ward each netted one for Missoula. Between the pipes, Nick Nast made 34 saves for Great Falls, and Tanner Loucks stopped 41 shots for the Junior Bruins. Great Falls is currently in second in the Frontier division, and Missoula is holding on to the number four spot.
Friday, January 6th, 2017
Great Falls Americans 6 vs. Missoula Junior Bruins 3 – The Great Falls Americans scored four unanswered goals on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Missoula Junior Bruins. Payton McSharry (2), Matt Janke, Jesse Johnson, Tanner Congdon, and Michael Gary scored for the Americans, and Misha Akatnov, Justin Barnes and Zachary Colgrove earned points for the Junior Bruins. In net, Nick Nast made 27 stops for Great Falls, and Tanner Loucks stopped 12 shots for Missoula.
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Missoula Junior Bruins 6 vs. Helena Bighorns 0 – Tanner Loucks made 22 saves to help the Missoula Junior Bruins to a 6-0 shutout victory over the Helena Bighorns. Colby Birch, Cameron Cunningham, Christian Ward (3) and Misha Akatnov earned points for the Junior Bruins. Alex Kruger and Nicholas Battaglia made 31 and 20 saves, respectively, for the Bighorns.