CODY, Wyo. — The Missoula Junior Bruins suffered their fourth straight loss Friday, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Yellowstone Quake in front of a small crowd at Riley Arena.
The Quake, who sit in first place in the NA3 Hockey League's Frontier Division, boosted their gaudy record to 28-5. The fifth-place Jr. Bruins fell to 13-19.
Yellowstone seized the lead in the first period and maintained it for the duration. Jack Moore did the honors on the Quake's first goal, a short-handed feat at 13:51 in the first frame.
Mason Stewart made it 2-0 just 42 seconds into the second period. The Jr. Bruins answered with their first goal roughly 6 minutes later, with Alaskan Rhys Cottle scoring on an assist by Zach Jaffe.
Yellowstone scored the next two goals — one midway through the second period and another early in the third — before Misha Akatnov lit the lamp for Missoula on assists from Cameron Cunningham and Hayden Moistner.
It was too little, too late. And the Quake added an insurance goal with under 5 minutes left to give it a three-goal victory margin.
Yellowstone piled up 64 shots to Missoula's 26. The Jr. Bruins were 0 for 6 on the power play.
The two teams will play again on Saturday night in Wyoming.