HELENA — Chalk one up in the win column for the Butte Cobras.
The Butte club jumped out to a 5-2 lead and held on for a 5-4 win over the Helena Bighorns in a NA3HL Frontier Division game Friday night. (Stats)
Butte’s Phillip Winter found the back of the net on a goal assisted by Nick Bradshaw and Hunter Varney to get the Cobras started fast. After Helena tied the game with a Blaine Krona goal, Kyler Garsjo scored a pair of first period goals to put Butte on top for good.
Carsten Quam assisted on the first, while Varney and Robin Bagley registered an assist on the second.
Ty Stovin’s unassisted goal made it 4-1 Butte early in the second period. After Isaac Ellingson scored, Winter’s second goal, this one assisted by Joe Erickson, made it 5-2.
Nicholas Cenis and Daniel Liner scored for Helena (4-10) in the third, but it was too little, too late.
Sean O’Connor picked up 54 saves to get the win in net for Butte. The Cobras won despite being outshot 58-41.
The Cobras (1-13) will be back at home Friday to play host to Bozeman.