By Merrick Parnell
The Bozeman Icedogs returned to their winning ways after taking both their games this past weekend (the first being against the Butte Cobras at home, and the second being against the Yellowstone Quake on the road) in Wyoming.
On Friday October 20th, the Icedogs topped the Cobras 5-0 on home ice. Nash Pine opened up the scoring at the 4:58 mark, when he connected on a pass from Isaac Smoldon. Gage Blatter led the way with two goals, and defenseman Connor Fuchs notched three assists.
“Saturday was the closest we’ve been all year to playing a full 60 minute game. The team had a renewed sense of energy leading into the weekend, and I’m excited to see that carry into this week at practice and into Gillette.” Blatter said.
Bozeman goalie Mikael Levokari earned the shutout in net, stopping 22 shots on his way to earning first star honors.
The Ice Dogs would carry their victory into Saturday’s game in Cody, Wyoming, as they would beat the Yellowstone Quake 8-2. Hazen McKay would have a monster of a game for Bozeman, with a hat-trick and 1 assist for 4 points on the night. Dominic Canic would set up 5 goals with his 5 assists, and Gabe Huntley would score his first two goals of the season.
“I thought my first two goals of the season were pretty good and there’s definitely more to come,” said Huntley. “I try and I help my team by getting down low in the dirty areas and grinding it out.”
Jaxson Dodds would score his first junior hockey goal after putting home a Canic pass, and the Icedogs would blast a total of 71 shots on the Yellowstone net in the win.
After the weekend, the Icedogs once again find themselves in third place in the North American 3 Hockey League’s Frontier Division and will look to keep building momentum this weekend against the Gillette Wild.