The Bozeman Icedogs clinched a Frontier Division playoff spot after another successful weekend of North American Three Hockey League action.

The Icedogs topped the Great Falls Americans 3-0 on Friday and followed that up by dominating the Missoula Bruins 7-1 on Saturday.

The playoff berth is the second for Bozeman head coach Elliot Bates since his hiring before last season. During his tenure, Bates has elevated the program, making the Icedogs into division championship contenders.

On Friday, Luke Hartge notched two goals to lead Bozeman while Hazen McKay ripped in another goal. Defensively, the Icedogs shut the high-powered Americans out, as goalie Conan Hayton made 41 saves.

On Saturday, the Icedogs held Missoula to just one goal, as Hayton had another solid performance in goal for Bozeman. Missoula’s lone goal came in the second period on a power play. Hartge and McKay led again with two goals apiece, and three other Icedogs scored in the game. Luke McKay totaled four assists, a team high on the night.

The Icedogs are back in first place in the division with a 28-5 record. Sheridan is right behind in second and Great Falls is third. Bozeman will play Helena and Great Falls next weekend.

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