West Valley City, Utah – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken (NHL), lost the first game of a three-game weekend series against the Utah Grizzlies by a scores of 6-4 on Friday night at the Maverik Center, in front of an announced crowd of 3, 521.
The Grizzlies scored two goals in the final minute of the opening period to grab their first lead of the game 3-2. The Americans could not get the equalizer as they dropped their fourth game in their last five outings.
Chad Costello and Jared Bethune each had two goals for the Americans for the only Allen offense of the night. With his two goals, Costello remains third overall in the league in scoring, three points behind Blake Winiecki of Florida (42).
The Americans had plenty of chances on the power play on Friday night with seven opportunities, but were only able to score one time.
Zach Hall had two assists in his return to the Allen lineup. Gavin Gould, fresh off his ECHL All-Star appearance had two helpers in defeat.
The Americans and Grizzlies resume the three-game weekend series on Saturday night in Utah. The Americans next home game is January 26th against Rapid City.
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 4 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.