A pile of penalties led to a pile of goals on Friday, and the Bighorns fell again to Frontier Division-leading Great Falls, 5-1.
Four of the Americans' five goals came on the power play, where they finished 4 of 12. Helena had some man-advantage chances, too, but went 0 of 10 on the power play, and managed only a Cody Vanthournout goal at 12:00 of the third period.
Great Falls took a 2-0 lead after the first, both goals coming on the advantage, with markers at 11:12 and 19:31. Another power-play tally in the second made it a three-goal game, and the lone even-strength goal for the home team -- a score by Ricards Benhards -- midway through the third put it at 4-0. Helena got some life with the Vanthournout goal, but 93 seconds later, Great Falls got that one right back. Again, on the power play.
Grant Martens took the loss in net, stopping 45 of 50 shots on goal. Jake Stephan got the win for the Americans (20-7) with 36 saves.
Helena (18-10) will return home to take on Billings (4-22-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday
Jefferson girls edge White Sulphur
Led by 14 points from Latrice Vossler, Jefferson pulled out a narrow, 42-39 win over White Sulphur Springs on Friday.
Additionally, Madison Powers pitched in 8 for the Panthers, and Paige Yanzick had eight rebounds to lead the team. White Sulphur was led by Cassie Coburn (12) and Amber Coburn (11).
Townsend boys turn in dominating win
With a balanced attack and an assault that started immediately, the Townsend boys crushed Shields Valley on Friday, 75-25.
Ten players scored for the Bulldogs, with three of them -- Jace Lewis (13), Payden Anderson (13) and Quade McQueary (10) -- hitting double digits. Townsend hit eight 3-pointers in the runaway, with three of them coming from Quinn LeLacheur.
Panthers wallop WSS
A game-high 21 points from AJ Eckmann was almost enough all by itself on Friday, as Jefferson blew past White Sulphur Springs, 61-26.
Jefferson also got 11 from Trase LeTexier and another 10 from Josh Eckmann in the runaway win, which saw the Panthers hold a 30-15 lead at the break. WSS didn't lose much more ground in the third, but the fourth quarter was a 17-2 run for Jefferson to salt the game away.
Bulldog girls best Shields Valley
Behind 22 points from Tavia Rooney and another 14 from Lainee Hill, Townsend pulled away for a 62-46 win over Shields Valley on Friday.
Helena 7th, Capital 10th after first day of LeProwse tourney
After the first day of Bozeman's LeProwse Invitational Wrestling Tournament, Helena High is sitting in seventh place with 95.5 points, while Capital is 10th, at 73 points.
Three-time defending State AA champion Great Falls High is atop the leader-board of the 29-team tourney, with 110 points.
Helena advanced five grapplers into Saturday's semifinals, led by junior Hayden Schrull at 170 pounds, who has yet to taste defeat this year. Schrull posted two pins and a major decision, improving to 19-0 on the season, with 13 pins.
Bengal teammates Joining him in the semis are freshman Isaac Romero at 113, 152-pounder Noah Manibuson, Joel Clark at 160, and Caiden Crawford at 182.
For Capital High, 120-pound junior Nick Kunz and David Petersen at 205 will appear in the semis. Kunz, who captured the CMR Holiday crown last month, stapled both both of his foes, while moving to 17-3 (11 pins).
The Bengals have three guys in the wrestlebacks: Devin Crawford at 113, Austin Murphy at 120 and Kyle Tabbert at 132.
There are four Bruin matmen in the wrestlebacks, including freshman Lee Lambrecht at 126, CJ Snyder at 170, Kory Broussard at 182 and heavyweight Sheldon Fladland.
Trio still alive for Jefferson
Jefferson has three wrestlers still alive at the Cut Bank Tournament, with all of them in the consolation bracket.
Set to compete on Saturday are jacob Travis (132 pounds), Cameron Troxell (145) and Nate Brunett (160).
HHS girls win in Great Falls
The Helena High and Capital swim teams traveled to Great Falls on Friday, and just one -- the HHS girls -- managed to come out with a win. The Bengals downed the Great Falls girls, 136-96. the CMR girls upended Capital, 171-57.
In the boys' competition, Great Falls took a 160-64 win over HHS, while CMR downed Capital, 168-35.
Leading the locals in individual wins at the Swarthout Fieldhouse Pool were Helena High's Nick Angeli and Kate Murphy. Angeli took the 200 IM in 2:13.11, more than two seconds ahead of Great Falls' Joseph Guter, and the 100 free, in 53.63. In the 100, Angeli nipped CMR's Noah Brennan, who finished in 54.25.
Murphy won the 100 free in 57.56, just ahead of Capital's Jessica Adams (58.16), and then won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.50, two seconds ahead of teammate Jesse Ecklund.
Ecklund, though, still got her win, taking the 200 free with a time of 2:04.47. The other Capital City win was in the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, where HHS crushed the field in 3:56.20. Second-place CMR came in at 4:02.81, and Capital was third in 4:05.07.