Nashville had a five-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-0 win over Billings.
Max Dorfman had a great game for Nashville, netting two goals. Dorfman scored at 9:30 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Nashville and again while 16:55 into the third to make the score 7-0 Nashville.
Nashville excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. Nashville\’s defensive effort looked to be improved. Nashville gives up 2.3 goals on average per game. Nashville forced Billings goalie Gage Overby to work between the pipes, taking 53 shots. Nashville surpassed its usual scoring output this season. This season, Nashville averages 3.9 goals per contest. Nashville got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Nashville additionally got points from Logan Orem, who also tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, Trent Kulczyk, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Nathan Rieman, who also registered one goal and one assist. Nashville also had goals scored by Peter Cabala and Declan ONeal, who each put in one. More assists for Nashville came via Colton Anderson, who had two and William Garrity, Kyle Van Wyk, Riley Holden, Dylan Schmidt, Brock James, and Kristers Petraskevis, who each chipped in one.
Billings\’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Nashville power plays. Billings\’ offense operated below its season average. Billings averages 2.1 goals per game. Billings found itself stymied offensively, and got off a mere 14 shots against Nashville\’s defense.
Ricky Gonzalez recorded 14 saves for Nashville. Nashville incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Gage Overby made 46 saves for Billings on 53 shots. Billings incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.