Pete Geddes / For The Courier
Glasgow's Connor Simensen, Harley Eliason and Ryan Padden pose with the Salt Lake City Championship trophy.
Glasgow's Ryan Padden had a breakout weekend of hockey scoring four goals in a single game and tallying the game winning goal to lead the Montana IceDogs U18 boys to victory in the Salt Lake City Shootout held President's Day Weekend.
Padden is second on the team in scoring and is averaging over a point per game. The hard charging forward anchors the team penalty kill, confounding opponents with his speed and tenacity on the puck.
With the score tied 2-2 late in the third period of the championship game against Team Wyoming, Padden blew through two Wyoming defenders and then fooled the goaltender to notch the game winning goal, with what his teammates described as a "dirty" move.
Paddens' Glasgow teammates, goaltender Harley Eliason, and forward Connor Simensen help right the ship after a first game loss to Casper, Wyo (5-6). Eliason went on to post a record of 3-1 including a solid performance in the championship game.
Simensen, another penalty kill specialist, used his impressive speed and tenacious play to score three goals and help the team roll over the Salt Lake City Regulators (9-1), Team Wyoming (6-3), and Jackson (6-0) on the way to the championship. The team's record stands at 14-3.
The team, composed of players representing Bozeman, Glasgow, Billings, and Great Falls, are on the march to USA Hockey's Tier II National Youth Tournament in Wayne, NJ on April 2-6.
Before that time comes, the Ice Dawgs will get to showcase their skills two more times as they have tournaments on back-to-back weekends starting the weekend of March 14 when they go to Billings before travelling to the Spokane area the following week.