By Merrick Parnell
Hazen Mckay buried the puck and lit the lamp with just 1:38 remaining, scoring the go-ahead goal as the Bozeman Icedogs faced the Helena Bighorns in a prime time matchup on Friday night.
The goal silenced the 450 plus Helena fans to an eerie quiet that made the Helena Arena sound more like a tomb then the normally raucously-loud hockey venue.
Throughout the game, both teams would trade goals and big hits back and forth, and neither team scored in the game’s second period.
While Helena scored the first goal of the game in the 1st period, Bozeman answered with two more, but Helena scored late in the 1st to end the frame tied 2-2.
Helena would get a burst of momentum to start the third period on a Luc Cross Goal, but Dan Davis would score for the Icedogs to answer, thus setting up a dramatic finish down the stretch.
In the game, Dominic Canic would record his 57th assist, to send his name into the Bozeman Icedogs record books as the all-time assists per season leader.
AJ Ruskowski would have another solid showing in the Bozeman net, making 38 saves.
The Icedogs win in Helena was Coach Elliot Bates’s first win in Helena this year.
“It was great to see the guys battle to the very end and play a full 60 minutes. We adjusted really well and it was really nice to get a Win in that barn,” said Coach Bates. “After facing the adversity that we have this season, from sickness and injuries this was a great way to show what we’re capable of.”
The Icedogs still sit at third place in the North American 3 Hockey League’s Frontier Division. The Icedogs will play the first place Great Falls Americans on Friday and then Helena again on Saturday. Both games are at the Hayes Pavilion in Bozeman and face-off for both games is at 7:30 pm.