Bozeman Ice Dogs Compete In National Tournament With Glasgow Flavor
The Bozeman Tier II Ice Dogs rode a wave of success to Wayne, N.J.
After muscling their way through a handful of tournaments that started back in late December.
The dream ride was derailed in the National Tournament however as the Bozeman finished in third place in the tournament.
The Ice Dogs continued their dominance in pool play of the tournament, winning their first three games.
The first game saw the Bozeman squad go up against South Carolina on April 2.
Bozeman skated to a 4-2 victory in that game which advanced them to a matchup last on April 3 against West Virginia.
Bozeman played a tough, physical game like they've been known to do all season and found themselves on the winning side once again, this time by a score of 6-2.
In that game, Glasgow's Ryan Padden had two goals and one assist.
Fellow Glasgow teammate Harley Eliason compiled a save percentage of 90.5 while giving up two goals.
Two victories in a row put the Bozeman squad that much closer to their dream of winning it all.
On April 3, the Ice Dogs squared off against Tennessee and squeaked by with a 2-1 victory.
That victory saw Bozeman clinch the pool play round and advance to the championship rounds of the tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
Bozeman's first opponent was the No. 2 seed out of the other pool, the Idaho Junior Steelheads.
The Ice Dogs faced the toughest competition to date and the Junior Steelheads proved to be too tough on this night as they derailed the championship dreams of Bozeman by beating them 3-1.
Glasgow's Padden had the lone goal for Bozeman in the loss.
It was said that the team was a bit disappointed after the loss. The level of competition that they faced from across the country, they easily proved that they are worthy.
The championship game on Sunday saw Idaho square off against Tennessee, a team that Bozeman had already beat.
Tennessee ended up taking home the championship, with a score of 5-1.
The only loss Tennessee suffered throughout the tournament was to the Ice Dogs.
After the tournament finished, Bozeman goalie Harley Eliason moved back into the top spot of goalie rankings with a save percentage of 92.4.
Eliason's career with the Ice Dawgs is now over. With the stats he put up in the National Tournament, his playing days are definitely not finished.