The Bozeman Icedogs made a statement in their season home opener after shutting out the Helena Bighorns 6-0 on Saturday night.

The Bighorns came into the game as the defending Frontier Division champions in the North American 3 Hockey League.

Five different Icedogs scored in the victory with Will Kutch netting two. Luke Hartge, Christian Venaruzzo, Hazen McKay and Sam Bourdon also chipped in with a goal apiece. Bozeman's AJ Ruskowski stopped 37 shots.

The Icedogs came into Saturday night’s game after beating the Bighorns in Helena 4-3 the night before. Ruskowski made 45 saves in the contest while Veneruzzo led the Icedogs with two goals.

“We had two good team wins this weekend, and our defensive core had two great games, led by our veterans and younger players gaining confidence with every game,” Ruskowski said. “We really showed spurts of how good we can be this year, and it should be an exciting year in Bozeman.”

The Icedogs (7-0) sit atop the Frontier Division ahead of Gillette (6-1) and Great Falls (5-2). The Icedogs will play the Yellowstone Quake in a series next weekend with Friday night’s game in Bozeman.

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