Photo -Tim Broussard
Salt Lake City, Utah – The Allen Americans rallied in the third period on Wednesday night to beat the Utah Grizzlies by a score of 4-2 at Maverik Center. With the win, Allen now has a 2-1 series lead.
Greger Hanson scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal for Allen in the third period. Hanson scored on a five-minute power play to give the Americans a 3-2 lead. Allen tied the score earlier in the final period on Zach Hall’s first of the playoffs.
“That was a big win for us, said Greger Hanson. “We didn’t play particularly well and took too many penalties but still came out on top. “Our penalty killers, as well as Riley Gill did a great job, and that was the reason we were able to get away with a W.”
The Americans outshot Utah 32 to 27 for the game. There were 15 power play opportunities in the contest with Utah getting eight of them and Allen seven. The two teams combined for 53 penalty minutes that included two game misconducts. The Americans scored twice with the man-advantage, while Utah was 1 for 8.
The teams resume the series on Friday night at the Maverik Center at 8:00 PM CST. Game 5 will be on Saturday evening.
Allen leads the series tied 2-1
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 4 at Utah 2 Final
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