Maulers win OT thriller in home opener

2012-10-06T00:44:00Z Maulers win OT thriller in home openerMissoulian Ravalli Republic
October 06, 2012 12:44 am  • 

The Missoula Maulers hockey team made a successful home debut on Friday, scoring a 2-1 overtime victory over the Billings Bulls at Glacier Ice Rink.

Playing in front of a healthy crowd of 1,367 fans, Dylan Chase scored the game-winner at 4:16 in overtime, with local products Anders Nord and Brett Mathews each picking up an assist.

The Maulers moved to 2-1 in American West Hockey League action. The game marked the first of the season for Billings.

Although the contest stretched into overtime, Missoula dominated in total shots, 49-24. Both of the Maulers’ goals came in power-play situations.

Missoula struck first at 8:11 in the second period when Brock Brothers found the net on a feed from Mathews. Billings knotted the score at 1-1 at 12:34 in the third period on an unassisted goal by Stephen Thompson.

Missoula will hit the road for a game at Glacier on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Billings 0 0 1 0 – 1

Missoula 0 1 0 1 – 2

Second period

M – Brock Brothers (power play) (assist Brett Mathews), 8:11

Third period

B – Stephen Thompson (unassisted). 12:34


M – Dylan Chase (power play) (Anders Nord, Brett Mathews), 4:16

Shots – Billings 24, Missoula 49. Saves – Billings 47 (Nic Wackerly), Missoula 23 (McKinlee Baum). Penalties – Billings 7-14, Missoula 8-16. Power-play opportunities – Billings 0-6, Missoula 2-5. Official – Kyle Domin. Attendance – 1,367.

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