Eagles Drop 2 Straight
With the Allen Americans facing elimination heading into Game 4, the Texas-based ECHL franchise strung together four unanswered goals in the second and third periods to defeat the Colorado Eagles 4-1 on Thursday night and remain in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Game 4 loss for San Antonio’s ECHL affiliate ended a seven-game postseason winning streak, which included 31 goals, 47 assists, and 16 multiple-point scorers.
The May 4 contest opened with an early Eagles goal from former Rampage forward Julien Nantel, who found a loose puck in front of the net and slipped it past Allen netminder Riley Gill for a 1-0 lead at 3:28 of the opening frame.
Despite surrendering an early first-period goal, the Americans rallied in the middle frame as they collected a power-play goal from Chad Costello and a short-handed goal from Tyler Barnes at the 8:11 and 18:57 marks, respectively.
Allen extended its lead to two at the 9:33 mark of the third period when Alex Krushelnyski lifted the puck past Eagles goaltender Lukas Hafner. The Americans registered their final goal nearly three minutes later thanks to Josh Brittain, who tallied his third of the postseason. Tempers flared after the fourth Americans goal, as the EHCL officials dished out 97 penalty minutes in the final 6:46 of regulation. Despite the interesting finish, Allen held on to win 4-1 and force a Game 6 in Texas.
Colorado had one final opportunity to close out the series in front of its home crowd in Game 5 at the Budweiser Events Center on Sunday afternoon, but all 35 of its shots were turned aside by Allen netminder Gill. Allen recorded four goals in the win, including three third-period goals to seal the victory.
Costello opened the scoring for the Americans 2:27 into the opening period with his third power-play goal of the postseason.
After a scoreless middle frame, Allen extended its lead early in the final stanza with two goals just 58 seconds apart from Tyler Barnes at 2:33 and Gary Steffes at 3:31. The Americans added insurance 16:39 into the third period when Spencer Asuchak landed an unassisted short-handed empty-net goal to secure a 4-0 victory for the defending champions.
Game 6 is set for Tuesday, May 9th at 7:05 p.m. CT at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.