Vadim Zubkov and Misha Akatnov had big nights with 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) and 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) respectively as the Missoula Junior Bruins crushed the Bozeman Icedogs 8-5 in a home game at Haynes Pavilion in Missoula. Besides, the Missoula Junior Bruins' offense had a big night, peppering Bozeman with 44 shots throughout the game. The Missoula Junior Bruins took the lead before the halfway point in the third on a goal from Misha Akatnov.
Tyler Young contributed with 2 assists and Tyler Prince delivered for his team with 3 assists. Duncan Mcgarrah had no trouble finding the scoresheet, adding 2 goals and Beckett Patten chipped in with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists).
In the first period, Mcgarrah opened the scoring for Bozeman with a goal at 6:29 with helpers from his linemates, Charnholm and Boje. Zubkov quickly followed with a goal at 6:46 with helpers from his linemates, Prince and Akatnov. Akatnov put in a goal at 12:41 with assists from his linemates, Prince and Young. Zubkov deposited a goal at 16:08 with a helper from his teammate Akatnov. Burrell quickly followed with a goal at 17:06 with assists from his linemates, Warner and Blatter.
In the second, Zubkov answered for the Junior Bruins with a goal at 8:19 with a helper from Prince. Littlefield netted a goal at 11:09 with an assist from Akatnov. Patten quickly followed with a goal at 12:42 with helpers from Charnholm and Stucker. Mcgarrah quickly followed with a goal at 14:32 with assists from Patten and Hanley.
During the third, Akatnov answered for Missoula with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 5:40 with helpers from his linemates, Zubkov and Young. Boje quickly followed with a goal at 7:33 with assists from Patten and Hanley. Zubkov answered for the Junior Bruins with a goal at 10:44 with helpers from Akatnov and Kirk. Zubkov netted a goal at 15:34 with assists from his linemates, Akatnov and Miller.
Missoula’s victory was in no doubt helped out by Wiest’s big night as he stopped 39 of the 44 shots he faced. Wiest’s counterpart, Carlson, also had a big night, managing to stop 31 of 37, but ultimately fell short.
This win brings the Missoula Junior Bruins’ record to (16-20-1-0).