The Bozeman Icedogs’ season has gotten off to a cold start. The team is still without a win after losing to Helena and Missoula this week to fall to 0-6 on the young season. None of the games were close, as both the Helena Bighorns and Missoula Maulers ran up the score on the Icedogs, who had trouble passing and possessing the puck, even during power plays.
Helena visited the Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds on Thursday and beat the Icedogs 10-0. Though the Icedogs only trailed 1-0 after the first period, Danny Fazio helped the Bighorns pull away with his second goal of the game just 1:32 into the second period. Helena put 40 shots on goal to Bozeman’s 11, and scored six goals in the third period.
In Missoula on Friday the Icedogs were down 5-0 in the second period before they got their first goal in over three games. On a power play, the Icedogs’ Tristen Franzen scored off the assist from Trent Carter and Michael Kurfess to make it 5-1, but it was the only goal the Dogs got, losing 1-12. Bozeman again allowed far too many shots, 63, and took too few, 11.
Missoula came to Bozeman on Saturday and reasserted themselves. Averaging over six goals a game, the Maulers again exceeded their average, winning 8-1. Though the Dogs were down early, another power play goal by Franzen off the assist from Steven Nisbet and Jesse Game with just under 15 minutes to play in the second period made it 5-1 Missoula. The Maulers ran away in the third period, but the Dogs clearly improved, slapping 16 shots on Missoula’s goalkeeper and allowing 47.
The Icedogs will travel to Missoula once more on Thursday, Oct. 25 and host The Yellowstone Quake on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Haynes Pavillion.