It was over quickly in the final of the Bozeman Cup, as the Rushmore Thunder boys' varsity topped Edmonton, Canada 9-1 for the win Sunday in Montana.
The Thunder skated to a 9-0 lead after the first two periods.
"The whole weekend we really skated really well, we moved the puck really good today, we jumped on these guys early and kept putting it to them," Coach Dick Novak said. "It was a solid all around. We played pretty darn well the whole weekend so we’re happy with how things ended up."
The goals came in waves from Rushmore's balanced attack. Ryan Nolan and Jacob Lindblom had two goals each, with additional goals coming from Brain Petereit, Austin Stiles, Derek Brown, Tanner Good and Grant Wolthuis.
Zach Bender had three assists, while Parker Sundby, Petereit, Nolan, Wolthuis, Brown and Lindblom also had one assist each.
"We still probably have room to get better, but we are getting better, we’re playing better hockey as the year goes on. Right now we're playing our best hockey of the year, improving from game top game and hopefully we continue to go in that direction," Novak said. "We were just the better skating team today, so we really had our feet moving, we were skating hard honestly we just really go after it today. The difference today was how we were going and they weren’t."
Goaltender John Young stopped 16 shots on the day. For the tournament, he stopped 74 shots and allowed only four goals in four games.
The Thunder outscored their competition during the Bozeman Cup 25-4 and moved to 13-4 on the season.
Rushmore will travel to Dickinson, North Dakota for the Border Battle tournament Dec. 27-29. Following that tournament, the Thunder return to Rapid City to continue their South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association schedule with two games against Brookings, Dec. 30 and 31.