Photo – Ed Bailey
Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken (NHL), host the Orlando Solar Bears tonight and tomorrow in the first matchup this season against a team from the Eastern Conference.
The Allen Americans enter play tonight on a three-game winning streak, sweeping the Wichita Thunder last weekend. The three-game streak is the longest of the season for the team. The win last Sunday afternoon at CUTX, was the first win for the group at home since October 30th.
“We are hitting our groove,” said Americans Co-Captain Chad Costello. “We started to see signs of that a few weeks back in Idaho, and last week we put it all together. We’re getting healthy and that’s the main reason for our recent success. Seeing our group at close to 100 % makes a big difference.”
Some good news today for Americans fans, as it’s the return of goaltender Antoine Bibeau. He was assigned to Allen late last night by the Seattle Kraken, from their AHL affiliate Charlotte. Bibeau is 2-0 in three starts with the Americans this season. All three of his starts have come on the road.
The Americans entertain the Orlando Solar Bears tonight at 7:05 pm. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since October of 2017, when Orlando was in town for two games. The Americans picked up three of four points that weekend losing the second of the two games in overtime.
Orlando enters tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak, having been swept last weekend. The Solar Bears are third in the South Division, six points behind first place Florida.
The Solar Bears enter tonight’s game with some familiar names on their roster. Joseph Garreffa, Michael Brodzinski, Kyle Topping, Steen Pasichnuk, Jake McGrew, and Krystof Hrabik, have all played in games with the Solar Bears this season. McGrew and Hrabik are both currently up in the American Hockey League with the San Jose Barracuda.
This will be the final weekend of games before the Christmas Break. Call 972-912-1000 for tickets or visit the Americans Website to purchase your seats NOW!
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.
The AMERICANS are a year-round interactive lifestyle brand, dedicated to our fans, partners, and the North Texas community. Beyond the sport, ice hockey connects people and improves the quality of life for all who play and watch.
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.
AMERICANS home games are played at the CUTX Event Center, located in The Village at Allen. Parking is free to all fans, and the team’s official post game parties take place nearby at Bar Louie, featuring AMERICANS players and the World Famous “Allen Ice Angels.”
Tickets for home games are available at AllenAmericans.com/tickets or by calling 972-912-1000.