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Americans Attribute Hot Start to Depth

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Great Falls, MT - Two years ago the Great Falls Americans won a single game. This season, they have won 16 of their first 20.

The Americans are 16-4 this year and 11-1 at home. While they are 1-3 against the first place Helena Big Horns, that one win is the teams first in the series... in three seasons. Second year head coach Jeff Heimel began to turn things around last season and says the depth on this years teams has helped the Americans get even better. 

"We didn't have any depth last year. I think just getting guys back from last year and just getting new guys and being able to get contributions from different people on a nightly basis when guys aren't playing well, someone else steps up to the plate. I think that's one of the reasons we've been so successful early on," Heimel says.

One of the new guys Heimel is referring to is 20-year old Aaron McIinnis who is leading the team with 18 goals and is tied for the lead in points with 34. He says solid offense, defense, and spectacular play in goal is the reason the Americans have been so good

"Our offense is pretty strong, so is our defense. But our goal-tending has been really strong. Evan Hauser set a record this year with three straight shutouts and that's pretty impressive, so our goalies have been great," McInnis says.

The Americans will be busy this Thanksgiving Weekend. They host Bozeman on Friday at 7:30, then travel to Billings for a 7:30 start on Saturday, before returning home to host Helena on Sunday at 4:00.

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