GREAT FALLS — Helena's Ricards Groskops completed a hat trick with three seconds left in regulation to tie the game against Great Falls before the Americans' Trent Cowden scored in overtime for the 5-4 win Friday at the Great Falls Ice Plex.
Groskops opened the scoring with a goal in the first period and added another late in the second to cut the Americans' lead to 4-3. Darren Donovan added the other goal for the Bighorns, and Hayden Seitz recorded two assists.
Helena outshot Great Falls 51-41 in the fast-paced affair, with Great Falls' Drew Scites making 47 saves for the win. Bighorns netminder Carver Thompson was strong in the losing effort, making 36 saves.
The Bighorns return to Helena next weekend, hosting the Bozeman Icedogs on Friday and Great Falls on Saturday at the Helena Ice Arena. Puck drop for both games is slated for 7:05 p.m.