West Valley City, Utah – The Allen Americans swept their opening round series with the Utah Grizzlies winning in double overtime on Friday night 4-3.
Les Lancaster was the overtime hero for Allen scoring the game winner at 7:27 of the extra session. Lancaster took the pass from Corey Mackin and elevated the puck over the glove of Utah goalie Parker Gahagen to end the game. It was his first goal of the playoffs.
“We wanted to end this series tonight,” said Americans Captain Spencer Asuchak. “We knew we couldn’t let them back in the series. Lammon and Neumann scored a couple big goals in the third period to tie it. We had several chances in overtime to end the game. How fitting it was that Les (Lancaster) on the day we found out he was MVP runner up ends the game and the series.”
The Americans will face the winner of the Fort Wayne and Wichita series. Game 1 will be next Friday night at 7:05 pm at Allen Event Center.
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 AllenAmericans.com/tickets or by calling 972-912-1000.