Photo – Lauren Lyssy
Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, defeated the Utah Grizzlies 6-3 on Wednesday night at Allen Event Center in front of a crowd 3,115.
Alex Guptill tallied the first Allen Americans hat trick of the season with his 10th, 11th and 12th goals of the season. Guptill scored on three of his five shots on net Wednesday night.
“We needed this win,” said Gary Steffes. “It was good to end our losing streak and good to see the offense come to life. We got off to a fast start and never let off the gas.”
Olivier Archambault scored twice, netting numbers 8 and 9 of the year. Americans All Star representative David Makowski had two assists and finished the night a plus four. Makowski was tied for the team lead with five shots on goal.
The Americans chased Utah starting netminder Kevin Carr, who got the hook after giving up four goals on 16 shots. Utah backup goalie Angus Redmond stopped 10 of 12 shots in relief.
Bryan Moore had two helpers for the Americans, assisting on Alex Guptill’s first and second goals of the evening. Moore’s first helper was his 100th career point. Mathieu Aubin also picked up a helper tonight, and is now one point away from his 50oth career point.
“We came together as a team, said Moore. “We scored on the chances when we had them. It was great to get a win at home. I think this is the start of something special for our team! Can’t wait to keep moving forward as a group!”
Jeremy Brodeur made the start for the Americans, stopping 28 of 31 shots and picking up his 10th win of the season (10-4-2-1).
The Americans went 2 for 5 on the power play, with Joel Chouinard netting his fifth goal of the year. Alex Guptill’s hat trick goal was the other power play goal for Allen.
Utah outshot the Americans 31 to 28 for the game. With the Allen win, the season series is now tied 1-1.
The Americans return to action Friday night in Tulsa, where they’ll open a three-game weekend series against the Oilers, which concludes on MLK Day Monday afternoon in Allen.
They Said It -Alex Guptill
Question: 3 goals from you tonight, your first hat trick of the season. What was working for you specifically tonight?
Guptill: “Yeah. I think I just had some good chemistry with our line and I think Moore did a really good job with the puck tonight and Choui (Chouinard) opened up a lot of ice. He was throwing a lot of body out there. He worked really hard, so it was good to see us get rewarded.”
Question: As a team, you guys put up a good amount of goals tonight with 6, which helped snap a 4-game losing streak. What were you guys doing to generate that type of offense?
Guptill: “Yeah. I think you know we got a nice power play goal right away off the bat. That helped out. Our power plays have been a little bit cold, so it was nice to get one of those. And I think the lines were working hard tonight. You know there are still a few things that we can clean up in our defensive zone. But you love to put up six here or more. Definitely. That’s a little bit of a goal for us.”
Question: It got physical in the second period. Was that something that you guys were able to use to your advantage?
Guptill: “Yeah. Definitely. I think you know we don’t necessarily have all the toughest guys in the league, but we have a lot willing guys and it’s nice to see everyone stand up for each other. I think that really built up good camaraderie and you know it keeps the opponents off our backs if they know everyone is going to come in every single time.”
Postgame Quotes: Tyler Dowd and Alex Harlow