Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, scored four unanswered goals to win their preseason opener against the Kansas City Mavericks, 4-3 on Friday night in Allen.
After the Mavericks jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, the Americans responded with three of their own in the second frame. Braylon Shmyr (1), Casey Pierro-Zabotel (1) and Kevin Sundher (1) all scored for Allen in the second. Shmyr’s goal came on the power play for the Americans.
Only one goal was scored in the final frame and it came late in the third period. With Spencer Asuchak in the box for cross-checking, the Americans grabbed the lead for the first time when Miles Liberati scored his first of the preseason to give Allen the lead for good.
Each team had 33 shots on net. Allen went 1 for 4 with the man advantage, while Kansas City was 2 for 7. Jeremy Brodeur got the start and the win for the Americans, stopping 30 of 33 shots, including the final 24 he faced.
“We played much better in the second and third,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. “We did a couple of system things wrong that cost us in the first period. They had a couple of bounces on the power play that ended up in our net and that was a little frustrating. In the second period, we started getting more traffic in front of their goal and made some plays down low. I saw a lot of good things from the new guys, including Dante (Salituro), who probably stood out the most. I’m excited about what we’re seeing so far.”
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Tonight’s 3 Stars of the Game:
- ALN – C. Pierro-Zabotel
2. ALN – M. Liberati
3. KC – B. Beauvais