HELENA — Following the Helena Bighorns' season-ending loss to North Iowa in the NA3HL Fraser Cup, a recent tweet on the Bighorns’ official Twitter page has caused controversy.

The tweet, which the Bighorns’ organization has stated is an unauthorized user, stated the following: “The horns season ends with an 8-2 routing by North Iowa. We can’t say we’re surprised though as questionable calls and blatant cheating allowed them to narrowly avoid upsets in both divisional rounds, leading them to face far superior opponents in Chicago.”

During the Great Falls-Bozeman series, the series before the Divisional Championship series between the Bighorns and the Americans, there was an official who was allegedly removed in the middle of the series because of inaccurate calls. That official was replaced by a different officiating crew during the Great Falls-Helena series.

The tweet that stirred up the controversy was an unauthorized person hacking into the Helena Bighorns’ account, according to Helena coach Bob Richards.

“It is an unauthorized person illegally accessing our account, and posted the tweet in question,” Richards said. “We are aware of the breach, and we are working on regaining control, and pursuing all legal avenues to find out who hacked into our account.”

This is a developing story

Jason Blasco is the lead prep sports reporter for the Helena Indepedent-Record and a sports reporter for the 406mtsports.com network.

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