Americans Fall for First Time This Season, 6-3 to 'Bugs
The mood was festive for a Halloween-themed game Tuesday night at the Allen Event Center, with the Americans looking to move their unbeaten streak to 6 starting the season. Nino Musitelli found the back of the net early in the first, giving Allen the early lead after he wired home a shot off of a face-off win by Bruce Graham.
Just four minutes later, Mudbugs winger Shawn Limpright would tie it up. Soon after, the Americans found themselves trailing as Justin Aikins would bring the first period to a close with Allen down 2-1, when he banged home a shot right in front of the net.
Mudbugs Center David Rutherford would come back from intermission with a vengeance, scoring two goals at 1:56 and 4:55 of the second. The Americans would come right back, as team captain Jarret Lukin would score the final goal of the period leaving Allen with a renewed confidence going into the third.
The Americans continued to claw their way back in the fourth minute when Dave Bonk would bring the score to 4-3. Bonk willed his way to the front of the net and put home his own rebound to score his first goal as an American.
Allen continued to hang tough in the third, fueled by multiple saves from goaltender Adrien LeMay, who took over for Chris Whitley late in the first.
Despite several solid chances in the third period, the Americans failed to tie the game up at 4, as goaltender Brian Foster came up with the necessary saves.
The Mudbugs would extend their lead when Jeff Martens would score his fourth of the season to put the ‘Bugs up for good at 5-3.
Bossier-Shreveport’s Travis Clayton scored the final goal of the game on an empty net bid, bringing the final count to 6-3, and handing the Americans their first loss of the season.
The Americans will be in Rapid City, SD to play the Rush on Friday, Oct. 29. The meeting will be the first contest between the two clubs since their Ray Miron Cup Finals series to close last season.
“We thought things were pretty even in the first through the second… At times I thought we competed very well. Other times I thought, maybe, we were losing some battles we needed to win. I think we pushed hard. I don’t think we executed very clean. And I think we turned the puck over in some bad areas that caused us problems.”
1) #91 David Rutherford (Mudbugs)
2) #7 Jarret Lukin (Americans)
3) #51 Dave Bonk (Americans)