Wichita, Kansas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken (NHL), won their second in a row, a season high beating the Wichita Thunder on Friday night 5-4 at Intrust Bank Arena in front of 4,203 fans.
Rookie forward Luke Henman continued his hot start with the Americans netting a hat trick on Friday night. Henman has tallied six points in his first two games since joining the team. He has scored shorthanded goals on back-to-back nights.
“It’s a work in progress,” said Allen Americans Head Coach and GM Steve Martinson. “We need to keep working at the defensive side of our game. We need to use our home ice to start climbing the standings.”
Branden Troock had his best night in an Americans sweater with four assists finishing the night a +2. He assisted on two of the three Luke Henman goals.
Hayden Lavigne made his first start in two weeks stopping 35 of 39 Wichita shots, including all 11 he faced in the third period.
Both teams went 1-for-2 on the power play. Nolan Kneen had the Americans power play goal just two minutes and twenty-eight seconds into the game.
The Americans will take tomorrow night off and resume the three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 pm.
About the Allen AMERICANS
The Allen AMERICANS PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY CLUB is a member of the ECHL, the world’s top Double-A hockey league, and is the affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Seattle Kraken.
Founded in 2009, the club is owned by Jack D. Gulati, known internationally as the “Serial Entrepreneur.” Championship Hockey is the backbone of the franchise, with the Red having captured back-to-back ECHL Kelly Cup Championships in 2014-15 & 2015-16 and two Central Hockey League President’s Cups in 2012-13 & 2013-14. Over the years, more than 323 players have worn the Red Sweater, with 3 AMERICANS having moved up to play in the NHL.
Tickets for home games at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center are available at AllenAmericans.com/tickets or by calling 972-912-1000.