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Allen Americans keep rolling, defeat Eagles 6-3

The Allen Americans in action against the Colorado Eagles.
The Allen Americans in action against the Colorado Eagles.
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The first place Allen Americans defeated the Colorado Eagles 6-2 tonight in front of a capacity crowd of 5,289 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.

Determined to not let last Saturday’s 11-6 loss to the Eagles carry over into tonight’s action, the Americans came out blasting in the first period with three unanswered goals. Erik Adams opened the scoring 3:28 into the period after one-timing Nino Musitelli’s feed from behind the net past Colorado netminder Kyle Jones.

Colton Yellow Horn extended Allen’s lead to 2-0 2:20 later with a beautiful wrister from the high slot that found it’s way into the back of the net. The tally was Yellow Horn’s twelfth of the season and third in as many games.

Kip Brennan struck next to make it 3-0 with 9:27 remaining in the period after picking up the puck in the crease and backhanding it past Jones.

Colorado’s Steve Haddon scored on the powerplay with 0:04 remaining to trim the Americans lead to 3-1 heading into the first intermission. The Eagles outshot the Americans 10-7 in the opening period.

Riley Nelson tipped a shot past Adrien LeMay 4:24 into the second period to make it 3-2 game, but Jarret Lukin would strike on a pass from Judd Blackwater 4:35 later to restore Allen’s two goal lead at 4-2.

The third period saw the Americans add to their lead with goals from Tobias Whelan and Dave Bonk at 14:04 and 15:40, respectively. Colorado’s Daymen Rycroft scored with 3:51 remaining in regulation to reduce the Americans lead to 6-3, but the Eagles would be unable to mount any further attacks.

Adrien LeMay was strong between the pipes for Allen, stopping 28 of 31 shots in picking up the victory.

The Americans move to 24-6-1 with the win and continue to lead the Berry Conference and the Central Hockey League with 49 points.

The lines for tonight were:

Musitelli-Nimmo-Lukin
Blackwater-Bonk-Huculak/Simoes
Brennan-Whelan-Yellow Horn/Simoes

Adams-Gallagher
DaCosta-Langdon
Strathman-Berube

LeMay

The box score can be found here.

Quick Hits

- The Eagles outshot the Americans 31-24.

- Nino Musitelli extended his point streak to 7 games with 2 assists on the night. Musitelli has netted 12 points (5g, 7a) during the streak.

- Jarret Lukin and Scott Langdon both returned to the line-up tonight. Lukin registered a goal and an assist and was a +1 in his return.

- Judd Blackwater has registered 6 points (4g, 2a) in his last 4 games played.

- The Americans have scored 30 goals in their past 4 games.

- Kip Brennan, Scott Landgon, Mike Berube, Liam Huculak, Justin DaCosta and David Simoes all dropped the gloves for Allen on the night.

Up Next

The Americans will finish off their pre All-Star Game schedule tomorrow night in South Dakota when they faceoff against the Rapid City Rush at 8:05 PM. Allen will then return home for a trio of home games next weekend, beginning on Friday night at 7:30 PM against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.

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