College Hockey

Montana State University Hockey Returns from Playoffs

By Merrick Parnell

The Montana State University Hockey team returns from the Mountain West League Playoffs in Logan, Utah after losses to two top 15 teams. The Bobcats fell 6-1 to Utah State University in the first game of the postseason. Ryan Perius had the lone goal for the Bobcats.

Weber State would hand Montana State a 7-2 loss in the next game. Jay Forbes would net both Montana State goals in the contest.

“We had a tough weekend in Logan. Quite frankly, we didn’t coach well enough, and we didn’t play very well,” Said Head Coach Dave Weaver. “ We dealt with a lot of adversity throughout the 2 games, with 2 players breaking skates and 3 other players going down with the flu. Nonetheless, we did not get the job done. We will learn from this adversity and we will finish the season strong.”

The Bobcats can still compete in regionals if they finish in the top 11. Right now, they sit right at 11th.

Bobcats Sweep Weekend Home Games


By Merrick Parnell

The Montana State University (MSU) Hockey team completed a sweep of their weekend opponents in their most recent homestand this past weekend.

Thursday saw a 4-3 Overtime win over the top 20 ranked University of Providence (UP) of Great Falls Argos, which was then followed up on Saturday as the Bobcats thrilled fans with a tight 3-2 win over the 17th ranked Eastern Washington Eagles in front of a near-capacity crowd.  Goals from Ryan Padden, Orion Herman, and Connor Stefan rounded out the scoring from the Bobcats.

“Good teams find ways to win and that is what we’re doing right now,” said Padden. “From top to bottom everyone has been doing their job and it’s been really fun with the group of guys we have this year.”

On Sunday, the Bobcats clipped the Eagles with a 5-2 win. Ross Hanson led the Cats with 2 two goals, while Ryan Perius, Padden and Stefan each netted a goal each.

“I was very proud of how our team played this weekend,” said Head Coach Dave Weaver. “Beating a tough Providence team in OT [Overtime], and beating eastern Washington twice is a great accomplishment.”  Both teams are ranked in the top 20.

The Bobcats next game will be against Providence on February 2nd. For more info, check out the MSU Hockey website at

Montana State University Splits with #6 Williston State

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By Merrick Parnell 

The sixth-ranked Williston State Tetons stood as Montana State University’s  (MSU) first opponents of 2019, and the 10th ranked Bobcats rose to the occasion on Friday and pounced the Tetons 8-5 in front of a home crowd at Ressler Arena in Bozeman.

After the Tetons took an early 1-0 lead in the first period, MSU’s Ryan Padden would answer with a goal, Ryan Perrius following quickly with a second goal, and Connor Stefan would chip in another to give the Bobcats a 3-2 lead at the end of the first frame.

The game would wage back and forth, but MSU would keep the Tetons off the score sheet in the game’s final period and pulled away with an 8-5 win.

On Saturday, both teams would trade scoring opportunities, but Williston State would score three unanswered goals, including the overtime winner to the Bobcats 6-5.

Bing and Ross Hanson would have two goals apiece to lead the Cats in scoring.

“We played a very good Williston team.  They are ranked 6th in the region and have been playing really well of late,” said Coach Dave, Weaver. “Saturday was a learning experience for our team. Giving up a 2 goal lead with under 5 minutes to play is tough, but I believe we will grow as a team as a result,” said Head Coach Dave Weaver.

The Bobcats will look to rebound this week with a huge opportunity against three top 20 opponents.

On Thursday, the University of Providence in Great Falls will come to town followed by the Eastern Washington Eagles on Friday and Saturday.  Thursday and Friday’s games will face off at 7 pm while Saturday will feature a 1:30 pm matinee. All the games will be played at the Ice Arena Gallatin County Fairgrounds. For more info on the upcoming games and MSU hockey, check out our website at

Montana State Drops Series to Top Team in the Country


By Merrick Parnell

The Montana State University Bobcats took on the University of Mary Marauders (UMary), the Number-1 ranked team in the nation, in American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) action this past weekend.

On Friday, after a quick UMary powerplay goal, the Bobcats answered with an equalizer from Luke Bing. The Bobcats hung with the Mauarders for most of the game, until UMary pulled away with increased efforts in both of the second and third period to win 6-1.

On Saturday, Ryan Padden and Jack Qualen scored for Montana State, but the Bobcats would lose 6-2.

“We played a very good team from the University of Mary,” said Head Coach Dave Weaver.  “We learned a lot of where we need to grow and what we need to do to be at the top.”

The Bobcats head into the break with a 10-8 record after playing some of the top teams in the ACHA’s West Region which included the top 10 ranked clubs: Williston State, Dakota College, and Eastern Washington.

“The season is off to a great start. We’ve won nearly every game we were supposed to, and stole a couple we weren’t,” said Montana State Captain Luke Bing. “If we continue this trend, I expect us to make a real run at the regionals.”




The University of Jamestown and Minot State University hockey teams added two more chapters to their rivalry Friday and Saturday, with the Beavers sweeping the weekend series 2-0 and 4-1.

Friday night in Minot, the teams remained scoreless for nearly 52 minutes before Shain Scheschuk broke the tie with a goal at 11:33 of the third period.

Down a goal with time running out, Jamestown pulled goaltender Tyson Brouwer (JR/Lethbridge, Alberta) in favor of an extra attacker, but the Beavers tacked on an empty-net goal by Austin Kilian with 34 seconds left to seal the victory.

Brouwer had 41 saves in the loss. Minot State was 0 of 4 on the power play while the Jimmies were 0 for 2.

The teams met in Jamestown Saturday night, with the visitors taking a 3-0 lead after two periods at Wilson Arena.

Scheschuk found the back of the net for the second straight night, making it 1-0 at 5:35 of the first. Dylan Johnson made it 2-0 with a tally just under five minutes later.

Connor Navrot had the only goal of the second period, a power-play tally at 8:54 that increased Minot State’s lead to 3-0.

A minute and 30 seconds into the third was all the time Jamestown needed to get on the board. Trevor Okino (JR/Richmond, British Columbia)’s power play goal from Jason Richter (JR/Cranbrook, British Columbia) made it a two-goal deficit, and the score stayed 3-1 until another power play goal, this time by Justin Metcalf, made it 4-1.

Brouwer had 32 saves in the loss. Breyden Effertz stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced for the Beavers.

Minot State was 2 of 8 on the power play and the Jimmies were 1 of 4.

Jamestown, now 8-9-0-1 on the year, will to travel to Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday, December 13 for their first-ever meeting against University of Mary.


Montana State Splits Road Series with Eastern Washington University

By Merrick Parnell

Montana State University resumed their season after the Thanksgiving break with a two-game series against Eastern Washington University, another top-10 ranked team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association West region.

On Friday in Cheney, Washington, the Bobcats clipped the Eagles 4-2, with four different Bobcat skaters netting goals. Ryan Padden, Ross Hanson, Gavin Gary, and Luke Bing would all light the lamp for Montana State.  Christian Butler would have another solid start in goal for Montana State, as he made 31 saves.

“We battled through a rough stretch in the second period and found a way to close the game out in the third,”  said Butler. “I was happy I made some timely saves and gave our team the opportunity to get an important win on the road.”

On Saturday, the Bobcats fell 4-3 to the Eagles, splitting the series.

“Eastern Washington is a team we are dead even with in the rankings, so we knew coming that these were important games,” said Assistant Coach Brian Engh. “We did what we had to do on Friday night to get a hard fought win, but tonight we just fell short. I’m proud of the way the guys competed. Both games turned into dogfights and the guys stayed in it and battled until the end in two physical games.”

Montana State will return home this weekend to take on the number one ranked University of Mary Marauders on Friday and Saturday. For more info on Montana State University Hockey, check out


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The University of Jamestown hockey team scored seven unanswered goals Saturday in a 9-2 win over Williston State College, salvaging a split of the weekend series between the Jimmies and Tetons.

Friday night, the Jimmies fell behind 3-1 on the way to a 4-2 loss.

The Tetons got on the board with a power play goal by Wade Auger at 10:39 of the second period. Bryson Yee (JR/Calgary, Alberta) equalized with a power play goal of his own, assisted by Michael Pruss (JR/Red Deer, Alberta) and Allan Pruss (JR/Red Deer, Alberta), at 14:05.

Garrett Freeman and Ryan Gruszka scored at 5:46 and 10:39 of the third, respectively, to put the home team ahead 3-1. Carter Johnson(FR/Meeteetse, Wyo.), from Cayle Bell (JR/Fort St. John, British Columbia), brought UJ within a goal at 16:03, but Freeman’s empty net goal at 19:45 clinched the victory.

David Anderson (JR/Santa Clarita, Calif.) started and played the first 30:32 in goal, stopping 16 shots. Dylan Ossachuk (FR/Fort Frances, Ontario) played the remaning 29:28 and had 13 saves.

Jamestown was 1 of 5 on the power play while Williston State was 1 of 6.

Tyler Chavez-Leech (SO/Red Deer, Alberta) and Carter Johnson gave Jamestown an early 2-0 lead Saturday, but the Tetons tallied back-to-back goals to draw level at 2:42 of the second period.

UJ responded with five goals in the second and two more in the third to cruise to a 9-2 win.

Dylan Haney (SO/Brandon, Manitoba) scored twice, and Chavez-Leech added another as the Jimmies also got goals from Cole Sonstebo(SR/Fergus Falls, Minn. ),  Bryan Kromm (JR/Stockton, Calif.), Jason Richter (JR/Cranbrook, British Columbia), and Allan Pruss.

Trevor Okino (JR/Richmond, British Columbia), Destin Robinson (JR/Ponoka, Alberta), Michael PrussCole McKechney (JR/Calgary, Alberta), Josh Stephens (FR/Bayreuth, Germany), and Richter all had two assists while Haney, Bryson Yee, and Allan Pruss also tallied helpers.

Tyson Brouwer (JR/Lethbridge, Alberta) had 30 saves on 32 shots. Jamestown was unsuccessful on five power play opportunities while Williston State was 1 of 6.

Jamestown plays a home-and-home series next weekend against Minot State. Friday the teams play in Minot with the return game Saturday in Jamestown.

Jamestown Athletics contributed to this story

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Montana State Runs into Williston

By Merrick Parnell, Northern Hockey News

For the third time this season, the Montana State University Hockey team traveled to North Dakota to take on another tough opponent. This past weekend’s series pitted the Bobcats against the Williston State College Tetons.  On Friday, the Bobcats would drop a 4-2 decision to the Tetons.

“Williston is a tough team. I mean it’s very evident when we walk in and see the national championship banners that they are a force to be reckoned with,”  said  Montana State Assistant Coach, Brian Engh.”We competed well on Friday night, and it was a game that could have gone either way. Unfortunately, an unlucky break in the third period just killed all of our momentum.”

Luke Bing and Ryan Padden score for the Bobcats, while Christian Butler would stop 29 shots for Montana State.

On Saturday Williston State took game two 8-2.  The Bobcats return home next weekend to take on Utah Valley University on Friday and Saturday. For more info on Montana State Hockey, check out

Montana State Sweeps U. of Providence in Great Falls



By Merrick Parnell

Montana State University (MSU) Hockey completed a home-and-home series sweep against the University of Providence in Great Falls Argos (Providence) this past weekend.

Game one on Friday in Bozeman saw a thrilling 7-6 overtime win after Ryan Padden ripped a one-timer home past the Providence goalie just 30 seconds into the overtime period. 

“We were on the power play working it around, Kody Thomas gave me a great look, I took a one-timer, and fortunately it went in,” Padden said. “This is a great win for the guys, because we need to be a team that finds a way to win hockey games.”

The overtime goal capped off a contest in which Providence stormed back to tie the game after being down 6-2. 

Montana State then traveled to Great Falls on Saturday and throttled the Argos 9-1. Kody Thomas, Ross Hanson,and Padden would record two-goal games each, while Mike Truex led the Bobcats with three assists.

“On Saturday night we stuck to our game plan for all three periods,“ said MSU Head Coach Dave Weaver. “We wanted to get the puck below their goal line and pressure their defensemen, and I thought we did a great job executing that game plan for 60 minutes.”

The win gives MSU a 5-3 record on the year. The Bobcats will take on the Williston State College Tetons in North Dakota in a two-game series.  The Tetons are coming off three straight losses in games against Providence and Minot State University.

Montana State Hockey Splits in North Dakota Road Trip

By Merrick Parnell

Montana State University’s hockey team split a two-game series on the road against Dakota College at Bottineau in North Dakota. The Bobcats took Friday’s game 6-2, but would fall short and drop a 6-2 decision on Saturday.

“On Friday, we were slow out of the gates but turned it on in the 2nd and 3rd. Charlie Lafferty was fantastic and made some incredible saves to maintain our lead,” said Assistant Coach Brian Engh. “Saturday was a great battle also. Unfortunately, some tough penalties led to our demise. We really just have to find a way to put 60 minutes together. When we can do that, there’s not a team in the country that can stop us.”

The Bobcats will return home this weekend for a two-game series against Providence (Great Falls). Faceoff on Friday, October 26th is at 7 pm in Bozeman, and Saturday’s puck drop will be in Great Falls.

Montana State Takes on Undefeated University of Mary



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By Merrick Parnell

The Montana State University (MSU) Hockey team dropped two games to the University of Mary (UMary) in Bismarck, North Dakota this weekend.  UMary came into the game with a perfect 12-0 record, with impressive wins against the University of Denver (ACHA) and University of North Dakota (ACHA).

On Saturday, the Bobcats fell 6-2. Ryan Padden and Josiah Pilskalns netted both the MSU goals.

“We lost the game in 5-minute sections, periods where we would fall asleep and sit back,” Padden said. “That was one of the best teams in the country, and we set a mark to be right there with them and I think we can achieve that goal.”

On Sunday, in the second game, the Bobcats lead UMary 2-1 after the first period but would fall 5-2.  Kody Thomas and Connor Stefan would have the goals for the Bobcats.

“I thought we competed hard. In the first game, we both had 33 shots.  In the second game, we were leading 2-1 after the first period and we were in the game to the very end, ” said MSU Coach Dave Weaver. “We need to learn to play a full 60-minute game.  We have moments in games where we need to learn to keep up our intensity. “

MSU will return to North Dakota this weekend to take on the Dakota College Jacks. Montana State’s next home series will be on October 26th and 27th against Providence (Great Falls.) For more info, check out

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Montana State University Sweeps in Opener

By: Merrick Parnell

Photo: Elizabeth MacDonald

Montana State University Hockey (MSU) started its season with a two-game sweep over Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, Washington. Friday saw a 4-3 Bobcat win, and then on Saturday MSU thumped WWU by a final score of 7-3.

Four different Bobcats picked up goals on Friday night, with Ryan Winchester, Kody Thomas, Ryan Padden, and Ross Hanson finding the back of the net. Thomas, a former Great Falls Americans Junior A product, would also finish the night with an assist in his first college hockey game.

“Scoring any time during the season always brings a round of joy, but that feeling is definitely a little stronger when it’s the first game of the season,” Thomas said. “I got a great opportunity from the work our forwards put in down in the corners and was able to take advantage of the situation presented to me.”

On Saturday, Ryan Padden would lead the MSU scorers with two goals coming from Ryan Perius assists. Veteran Luke Bing would also score twice, while Ross Hanson and Josiah Pilskalns rounded out the goal scoring with one apiece.

Montana State University will now re-focus their attention to this coming weekend, where they will take on the Bozeman Stingers on Friday and then play their in-state rival Montana Tech on Saturday. Puck drop for both of those games is at 7PM.

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