The Yellowstone Quake could not stop the Gillette Wild\’s Cade Boreing, who tallied a hat trick in an 8-1 win.
Boreing\’s first goal came 5:22 into the first period. He then added goals at 5:31 into the second and at 13:24 into the third.
Gillette\’s Alex Feese was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 35 saves and let only one puck past him. Feese certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.2 entering the contest.
The Wild forced Yellowstone\’s netminders to work without much rest, taking 53 shots and forcing 45 saves. Lance Knudson made 36 stops and Sean Leahy made nine. Gillette found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. The Wild average 3.9 goals per game.
Gillette also had goals scored by TJ McMinn, who had three and Trent Dillinger and Brandon Beard, who scored one goal each. In addition, Gillette received assists from Lance Pennington, who had two, Mitchell McEwan, who had four, and Bryce Mitzel, Jack Cleaver, Kyle Reilly, and Darren Banks, who each chipped in one.
The Quake\’s offense rang up 36 shots on Gillette\’s net.
Yellowstone was led by Mike McCullen, who scored the team\’s only goal. McCullen scored 1:03 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Gillette.
The Wild incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. The Quake incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.