Posted 3/15/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The four former Crosby Comets hockey players now on the Yellowstone Quake junior-league team in Cody, Wyo., celebrated a division title Saturday after a 5-4 win over second-place Great Falls in their final game of the regular season.
The Quake (35-12) will play the fourth-place Gillette Wild in the Frontier Division first round, beginning with game one Thursday.
Yellowstone had clinched a playoff berth in the middle of a 13-game winning streak between Jan. 22 and Feb. 27.
Forward Will Landsverk had an assist on the opening goal Saturday to finish the regular season with 22 along with seven goals. Defenseman Tanner Knudson racked up a plus-17 rating and two assists in 22 appearances.
Goalie Lance Knudson picked up the victory in net Saturday his sixth out of his last seven starts, and compiled a .923 save percentage in 27 games. Evan Eriksmoen backed him up with a .927 percentage in 13 periods of action.
The Quake went from worst to first in the span of one season: Last year, when Landsverk and Lance Knudson were on the team, the Quake finished 9-38 and last in the division.
Tetons’ season ends
The Williston State Tetons’ season ended Feb. 27 with a 6-1 loss to Erie Community College in the NJCAA semifinals in Binghamton, N.Y.
Former Comet T.J. McMinn scored the lone Teton goal. He finished the season with three goals and eight assists, while teammate P.J. Silveria had two goals and three assists.
The Tetons ended with a won-loss record of 11-20.
The NJCAA is no longer sponsoring ice hockey after this season, and in 2016-17 the Tetons will join the ACHA, the same league as Minot State.