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Americans Take 2-0 Lead With Game 2 Win in Gillette

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The Great Falls Americans held a three score lead going into the third period and survived a Gillette Wild comeback attempt in game two of the AWHL Semifinals on Wednesday night in Gillette, Wyoming. Great Falls defeated Gillette 3-2 and took a 2-0 series lead with a chance to close out the series on Friday night on home ice.

Both teams played great defense in the first period and didn't allow any goals after the first period in game two on Wednesday night.

Great Falls was able to put up three points up in the second period behind the scoring efforts from Austin Nottke and Donovan Mattfeldt, who scored on the final two including one as time expired. Nottke's score came with 4:44 on the clock with Johnathan Carpenter assisting. Mattfeldt scored the first of his two back-to-back goals with 2:19 remaining as Dylan Garton and Aaron McInnis coming away with one assist apiece on the power play. The Americans weren't done scoring yet as Dylan Garton and Steven Butts got the puck over to Mattfeldt right before time ran out to give the visiting Americans a 3-0 advantage leading into the final period of play.

The Wild scored two goals in the final period but came up short in their comeback attempt.The Wild scored twice on two successful power play opportunities including a score by Greg Sauers from a pass by Bryce Mitzel six minutes into the last period and then Shane Brown added a goal with under five minutes left in the AWHL contest. Bryce Mitzel picked up his second assist of the night and Will Fobair added one on Brown's score.

Great Falls finished the second game of the AWHL semifinals by going 1-for-4 in power plays along with 32 shots on goal. Despite the loss, Gillette connected on two of their five power play opportunities and fired 37 shots against Americans goaltender Erik Powell. Powell accumulated 35 saves while Michael Kitts had 29 for the Wild. Both teams combined for 13 infractions for 35 minutes.

The Americans now take a 2-0 series leads back to Great Falls for game three on Friday night (March 14th) at 7:00 p.m. with a chance to sweep the series at home.

The Helena Bighorns also took a 2-0 lead in their series with the Billings Bulls by posting a 4-1 victory.

NEXT CONTEST: The Americans will return to the Great Falls Ice Plex on Friday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. for Game 3 of the best-of-five series and if necessary, Game 4 and 5 will be in Great Falls too. See full schedule below.


Friday, March 14th: Game 3: Gillette Wild @ Great Falls, 7:00 p.m., Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, MT

Saturday, March 15th: Game 4: Gillette Wild @ Great Falls, 7:30 p.m., Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, MT (if necessary)

Sunday, March 16th: Game 5: Gillette Wild @ Great Falls, 4:00 p.m., Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, MT (if necessary)



1st Period:


Shots On Goal: Gillette 0, Great Falls 0.


2nd Period:

-Great Falls: Austin Nottke (assisted by Johnathan Carpenter), 15:16 (Great Falls led 1-0)

-Great Falls: Donovan Mattfeldt power play goal (assisted by Dylan Garton, Aaron McInnis), 17:41 (Great Falls led 2-0)

-Great Falls: Donovan Mattfeldt goal (assisted by Dylan Garton, Steven Butts), 19:59 (Great Falls led 3-0)

Shots On Goal: Gillette 22, Great Falls 22.


3rd Period:

-Gillette: Greg Sauers power play goal (assisted by Bryce Mitzel), 6:04 (Gillette trailed 3-1)

-Gillette: Shane Brown power play goal (assisted by Will Fobair, Bryce Mitzel), 14:08 (GIllette trailed 3-2)

Shots on Goal: Gillette 15, Great Falls 10.

Other Stats

Shots On Goal (Game): Great Falls (32) Gillette (37)

Power Play Opportunities: Gillette 2-5, Great Falls 1-4

Attendance: 526