Photo – Dave Dudich
Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, closed the preseason with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Mavericks at the Allen Event Center Community Rink. Allen closes the preseason at 1-1.
Riley Gill made his preseason debut tonight, playing the entire game and stopping 35 of 37 shots, looking sharp to earn the victory. Casey Pierro-Zabotel, David Makowski and Joel Chouinard also made their debuts, helping the Americans’ cause.
Olivier Archambault opened the scoring for Allen late in the first, tapping home his first of the preseason from Lessard and Chouinard to give Allen the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of action.
After a scoreless second frame, the Americans opened the scoring in the third period, as Alex Shoenborn didn’t take long to get involved in the action, netting his first of the preseason from Zach Pochiro to give Allen a 2-0 cushion. Kansas City would score two unanswered to tie the game in the final frame, but Allen responded quickly. Bryan Moore, less than a minute after KC tied the game, broke the tie with his first goal to give Allen the lead for good. The Americans would hold on for a 3-2 victory.
“I saw a lot of good things from a lot of different players,” said Captain Joel Chouinard. “I think once we sort out a few system’s things we will be a very good team that is very hard to play against.”
Allen opens the regular season next Friday night in Rapid City, South Dakota. The home opener for the Americans is on October 21st against Orlando.
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About the Americans
The Allen Americans play in the ECHL, the premiere AA hockey league in North America. The Americans were established in 2009 and have won four AA championships in eight full seasons of minor pro hockey. In those eight seasons, Allen has qualified for the playoffs every year with five trips to the league finals. Allen will enter its fourth season in the ECHL this October, after playing five years in the now defunct Central Hockey League.