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Helena handles Great Falls in battle of AWHL giants

10/31/2013, 1:30pm EDT
By Tom Robinson - Special to USAHockey.com

The Helena Bighorns scored seven straight goals in less than 30 minutes Saturday as they emphatically brought an end to the last perfect record in the American West Hockey League with a 7-1 win over the Great Falls Americans.

Parker Olson scored goals 3:54 apart in the first period and Theo Campe scored twice in the second period to help open a 7-0 lead.

Great Falls had started the season 10-0. Helena, which improved to 9-1, got three points each from Campe, Sebastian Hansson and Nick Okada. Alex Lazarski made 23 saves.

USHL STREAKS: Several streaks came to an end in the United States Hockey League.

One streak was bound to end when the Sioux City Musketeers met the Waterloo Black Hawks on Saturday. Ultimately Sioux City, which came in with a four-game winning streak, beat Waterloo, which entered the night with a six-game winning streak. Sioux City’s Trevor Olson scored two goals and Kyle Hayton made 38 saves in the 5-2 win.

The Musketeers had rallied from three goals down a night earlier to defeat the Omaha Lancers 6-5 in overtime.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints lost for the first time after a 7-0 start when the Indiana Ice scored the last four goals Saturday for a 5-3 win. The Ice outshot the Des Moines Buccaneers 25-1 in the third period the next night in a 6-1 win.

The Chicago Steel allowed the first four goals, then rallied for a 5-4 shootout win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Artem Artemov had two goals in the comeback and the deciding shot in the shootout.

One streak remains: Waterloo has won a team record 10 straight road games dating back to last season.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Three USHL players, including two from the Indiana Ice, recently announced college commitments. Indiana forward Jacob Pritchard is headed to St. Lawrence University and defenseman Matt Roy is headed to Michigan Tech University. Both are 18-year-olds from Michigan.

Pritchard, from Macomb, has seven points, including two-game winning goals, in the first nine games. Roy, from Canton, has two assists in five games.

Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Chaz Switzer has committed to Miami University. A 16-year-old from Muskegon, Switzer is plus-1 through the first six games of his rookie season.

DECISION TIME: When the New Hampshire Monarchs were called for roughing at the same time the Boston Bandits were called for covering the puck in the crease during a scramble in front of the net, New Hampshire Monarchs coach Ryan Frew had a decision to make.

With the Monarchs protecting a one-goal lead, Frew declined the penalty shot to instead take a two-minute penalty against Boston and keep the teams at even strength, rather than risk the possibility of missing the shot and winding up trying to kill a penalty.

The Eastern Hockey League’s top team held on to win 4-2 for its eighth straight victory to improve to 12-2.

HELPING HAND: Peter Mingus has just one goal in the last four games and three in the last eight, but the West Sound Warriors’ forward is leading the Northern Pacific Hockey League in points thanks to his massive number of assists.

Mingus, a 20-year-old from Eugene, Ore., has at least one assist in all 10 games this season. In total he has six goals and 22 assists in 10 games, nine of which the Warriors have won.

ONE-TIMERS: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees forward Ben Greiner has a 10-game North American Hockey League scoring streak after producing goals in each game of a weekend split with the defending champion Amarillo Bulls. … George Havilland Jr. has taken over as interim coach of the Eastern League’s New Jersey Titans, who defeated the New York Applecore 6-1 in his first game. … Joe Anderson of the NA3HL’s Alexandria Blizzard combined for seven points in two games during each or the last two weekends. … Sean Lawrence of the first-place Boston Junior Bruins leads the United States Premier Hockey League Premier Division in goalie wins (11), GAA (1.91) and save percentage (.937) while producing one of just seven shutouts in the league this season.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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