The Helena Bighorns have swept their final regular-season weekend without having stepped foot on the ice.
Because of a lack of active players, the Glacier Nationals have, for the second consecutive week, forfeited a pair of games. The Nationals called off their games last week against Yellowstone, and were to play a home-and-home series with Helena on Friday and Saturday.
Helena Bighorns marketing director Ouldhouse said while the team won’t get to play the planned Friday night finale, the doors are still going to be open – and the team’s throwing a party.
From 6 to 8 p.m., fans will be able to skate with the team, get autographs, treat themselves to a full concessions menu and visit the bar – which will feature $3 beers for the evening.
“We have the best fans in all of junior hockey,” Ouldhouse said, “so why not make a party out of it?”
The wins will officially give Helena a pair of victories to end the season, but does not change their place in the standings. The Bighorns end the year in sixth place, and will have a first-round playoff series against No. 3 seed Gillette. The dates of the series are not yet set, but Helena is guaranteed one home game against the Wild.
That game will either be Wednesday, March 8, or Thursday, March 9, Ouldhouse said. Details for the series are expected to be finalized by this weekend, though he did say that admission to the postseason matchup at Helena Ice Arena will be just $5.