Helena had started 12-0 and had the last remaining perfect record in the NA3HL.
Lindros Beard scored twice for the Americans.
NOT PERFECT: Wisconsinite Cole Caufield had a hat trick while Trevor Zegras posted a goal and three assists Saturday when USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program handed the Muskegon Lumberjacks their first United States Hockey League loss, 8-3.
Spencer Knight saved 30 shots for the NTDP. Earlier this fall, he backstopped Team Jamie Langenbrunner at USA Hockey’s All-American Prospects Game in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Zegras went on to score another goal and add two more assists Sunday in another 8-3 victory, this time over the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
TWO OF THREE: Former U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team netminder Isaiah Saville from the Tri-City Storm earned his second USHL Goaltender of the Week award in three weeks.
Saville stopped 25 shots in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win over the host Lincoln Stars.
The University of Nebraska-Omaha commit from Anchorage, Alaska, improved to 5-1-1 with a 1.54 goals against average and .941 save percentage. Saville has helped make Tri-City the only USHL team averaging fewer than two goals allowed per game.
The Central Division leaders have won four straight and are 7-0-0-2 since suffering their only regulation loss.
Veteran forward Dante Zapata, a 20-year-old from Huntington Beach, California, scored in all three wins.
Zapata scored a goal and assisted on the other two in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wilderness. The third-year NAHL player had an assist in a 5-4 Friday road win over the Chippewa Steel, then added two assists in Saturday’s 5-0 home win over the Steel.
The Midwest Division-leading Minnesota Magicians also won three straight and are tied for the league’s second-best record at 12-4-0-0.
Defenseman Andrew Kruse registered a goal and three assists and was plus-9 during the three wins.
Binghamton shook off two Dylan Saccone goals to beat Skylands, 4-2, while outshooting the Kings, 42-19.
Tami Merilainen had a hat trick and Marc Faia scored twice for the Generals in a 9-3 romp over the Maine Wild.
ONE-TIMERS: Minnesotan Luke Johnson from the Sioux Falls Musketeers leads all USHL defensemen in scoring after getting points in all three weekend games, totaling a goal and five assists … Yellowstone Quake team captain Luke Hartge scored all seven of his team’s goals in an 8-7 loss to the Butte Cobras … Jon Murphy had two of the game-winning goals as the Seahawks Hockey Club won three straight in the Eastern Hockey League … Goalie Billy Girard is 3-0-1 with a 1.48 GAA and .957 save percentage to help the Boston Junior Rangers go 8-0-1 in October.
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