Photo – Dianne Webster
Salt Lake City, Utah – The Allen Americans and Utah Grizzlies resume their ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs First Round Series tonight at 8:00 PM Central Time from the Maverik Center in Utah.
The two clubs split the first two games of the series in Allen, with the Americans taking the series opener and Utah winning Game 2 last Friday night. The Americans offense was held in-check in that second game, only lighting the lamp one time which had some Allen fans worried, but that was not the case in the Americans locker room.
“We’ll give their goalie credit. He made some big saves, but we didn’t make him work hard enough,” said Americans Co-Captain Chad Costello. “We need to get more pressure in front of their net and score a few more ugly goals.”
Allen outshot the Grizzlies 17 to 5 in the final period, but was only able to beat Utah goalie Kevin Boyle once in the final frame on Josh Brittain’s first goal of the playoffs.
The Americans high-powered offense has been quiet so far, with some of Allen’s top players at one or none in the points category, which could be good news for Americans fans and bad news for Utah if the offense starts clicking.
“It’s just a matter of time before we start scoring,” said Americans defenseman David Makowski. “We have way too much firepower in our lineup not too. We had a great skate this morning and everyone is ready to get going tonight.”
Allen was held to just two power play opportunities in Game 2, going 0 for 2 with the man-advantage, while Utah went 1 for 5. Riley Gill will get the start again tonight for Allen. Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson hinted their might be a change or two in the Allen lineup tonight, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
You can listen to tonight’s game on Mixlr at http://mixlr.com/allen-americans-hockey/ or watch the Game 2 on ECHL TVhttp://echl.neulion.com/echl/home. www.allenamericans.com.
ECHL Kelly Cup Series tied 1-1
Game 1, Wed, Apr 12, Utah 3 at Allen 4, Final
Game 2, Fri, Apr 14, Utah 4 Allen 1, Final
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.