Photo – Dianne Webster
Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans look for a 2-0 series lead tonight when they host the Utah Grizzlies in Game 2 of the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs. Puck drop at Allen Event Center is 7:05 PM.
The Americans battled back from a 3-1 deficit on Wednesday night, to take Game 1 by a 4-3 score. Joel Chouinard, who was voted the first star of Game 1, had a goal and an assist in the win. His goal turned out to be the game winner for Allen.
“The third period pretty much sums up our team,” said Chouinard. “We always believe we have a chance to come back, no matter how much the deficit. Murray (Jamie) did an outstanding job coming in for Riley (Gill).”
Riley Gill, who was named the ECHL Warrior Hockey Goaltender of the Year yesterday, left the game in the first period on Wednesday night after taking a puck to the neck. He will be listed as day to day for Allen.
The Americans penalty kill got off to a great start on Wednesday, stopping all four Utah power play attempts. The Americans went 1 for 5 on the power play, with Joel Chouinard scoring with the man-advantage late in the third.
Many were asking yesterday why the Allen empty-net goal scored on Wednesday night was disallowed. It was ruled on the ice, that the puck crossed the goal-line after the clock reached zero. Thus, the goal was never recorded.
Allen leads the best of 7 series 1-0
Game 1, Wed, Apr 12, Utah 3 at Allen 4, Final
Game 2, Fri, Apr 14, Utah at Allen, 7:05 PM
Game 3, Wed, Apr 19, Allen at Utah, 8:00 PM
Game 4, Fri, Apr 21, Allen at Utah, 8:00 PM
*Game 5, Sat, Apr 22, Allen at Utah, 8:00 PM
*Game 6, Mon, Apr 24, Utah at Allen, 7:05 PM
*Game 7, Tues, Apr 25, Utah at Allen, 7:05 PM
* If necessary
#All times are Central Time
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 seven 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 in that time. Allen is in its third season in the ECHL after playing five years in the now defunct Central Hockey League. The Americans play at the state of the art 6,125 seat Allen Event Center located in Allen, Texas which is a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth. For additional information log-on to www.AllenAmericans.com. For questions and/or comments, please email info@AllenAmericans.com.