Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild (NHL), and Iowa Wild, clinched a playoff spot on Saturday night despite a 2-1 overtime loss to the Utah Grizzlies. The Americans point earned, along with a Rapid City regulation loss to the Indy Fuel secured a playoff spot in the Western Conference for the Americans.

Cedric Pare scored a pair of goals on Saturday night including the game winner in overtime. The Americans took a delay of game penalty at the end of regulation that led to a 4 on 3 Utah power play to start overtime. Pare cashed in 57 seconds into the extra session for his 16th of the season.

Jake Paterson was great between the pipes for Allen stopping 24 of 26 shots on net. The Americans went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Utah Grizzlies went 1 for 5.

Game 4 of the series is Sunday afternoon at 2:10 pm CST from Utah. The Americans pregame show starts at 1:50 pm.

About The Allen Americans Professional Hockey Club

The Allen Americans Professional Hockey Team is the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League‘s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League‘s Iowa Wild. Owned by nationally respected “Serial Entrepreneur” Jack D. Gulati, Championship Hockey is the backbone of the Americans franchise since being founded prior to the 2009-10 season, with the Red, White and Blue having captured two ECHL Kelly Cup Championships (2014-15 & 2015-16) and two Central Hockey League President’s Cups (2012-13 & 2013-14). Americans home games are played at the Allen Event Center, which is located in The Village at Allen. Tickets are available at or by calling 972-912-1000.