Rapid City, South Dakota – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, ended their two-game losing streak with a 4-0 shutout of the Rapid City Rush on Friday night in South Dakota.
Jordan Topping and Jared VanWormer scored one minute and eight seconds a part in the first period to give the Allen Americans an early 2-0 lead. Tyler Sheehy and Alex Guptill scored less than four minutes a part in the second period to put the game away.
The victory for Allen on Friday night, was the Americans sixth of the season over Rapid City in the seven games played so far in the season series.
Dereck Baribeau stopped all 26 shots he faced to earn the shutout victory for Allen. With the win, he improved to 7-1-0 on the season.
“Dereck (Baribeau) was really good tonight for us,” said Allen Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. He made the big saves in the second period when they had their best scoring chances.”
The victory however was costly for Allen, as they lost the ECHL’s leading scorer to an upper-body injury. Tyler Sheehy left the game in the third period after taking a hit to the head and never returned.
The Allen Americans and Rapid City Rush continue their three-game series on Saturday night at 8:05 pm CST.
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