The weekend ended in frustration for the Yellowstone Quake.
The Quake defeated Great Falls 4-1 on Friday, but had trouble connecting and were shut out 2-0 by the Americans on Saturday.
It was the second time the Quake had been shut out all season.
“We have a potent offense,” head coach Brad Zangs said. “The second time we’ve been shut out is unacceptable.”
The Quake took 30 shots through the first two periods, but were held just eight for the rest of the game.
Great Falls challenged the Quake by dropping everyone in front of the net on defense. The strategy worked and the Quake were never able to connect with passes from the outside or behind the net.
“You outplay a team like that and things just don’t go your way,” Zangs said. “It happens.”
Yellowstone trailed by one with four minutes left in the game before leading scorer Michael Berens was called for a check from behind and was ejected from the game.
“Losing Berens is a big kill for us,” Tjay Lozier said. “It’s hard either way. It is what it is, everybody has to step up and play hard.”
The Americans scored shortly after the ejection and held on for the shutout.
“Hockey is funny,” Zangs said. “You can click for 10 straight games and just have that one fart game, and we had a fart game (Saturday).”
Berens scored two of the Quake’s four goals against Great Falls (6-14-0-1) on Friday. He is second in the AWHL with 44 points off 20 goals and 24 assists.
The Quake (15-6-1) remained in second place in the standings after the loss on Saturday.
Yellowstone hosts Billings (12-9-1-1) on Saturday. The Quake beat the Bulls 4-1 on Dec. 1.