Americans still in playoffs!
The Americans moved from 3rd to 4th place with last nights lost to the Wichita Thunder. If the season ended today, they would make the playoffs.
A scoreless opening period tested both goalies. Jake Paterson faced more quality scoring chances in that opening period, denying Wichita on all ten shots he faced. Neither team was called for a penalty in a fast-moving twenty minutes. Wichita outshot Allen 10 to 9.
Wichita scored twice in the second frame. The two goals were scored less than five minutes apart. First, Chad Butcher ripped a blast from the slot for his 10th goal of the season from Ralph Cuddemi and Travis Brown. Wichita extended their lead to 2-0 at the 9:14 mark, when Ralph Cuddemi fired one home from the right faceoff circle for his 31st of the season. The Americans outshot Wichita 17 to 7 in the second period, but were unable to solve Shane Starrett. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.
Zach Pochiro put Allen on the board in the third period but the Americans were unable to even the score. With the victory, Wichita and Allen are tied with 76 points in the division with both clubs having two games remaining. Allen will host Idaho on Friday and Saturday night.
Going into Friday night against Idaho, the Americans shift to 4th, but the results of tonight’s game in Tulsa can create some uneasiness moving into the weekend. Keyword: Moore
#3 Wichita 2 GR 76 PTS (-5 GD)
#4 Allen 2 GR 76 PTS (+3 GD)
#5 Tulsa 3 GR 73 PTS (-12 GD)
Just a couple weeks ago, some were writing off the Americans, but northDsports.com has said all along that the players will step up and they have. When you have a coach such as Martinson, players that know how grind when it’s on the line and a mathematical chance, anything can happen. Regardless of what transpires tonight, the fans can definitely assist. It has been my experience that a positive fan base can motivate a team and I know the team appreciates the fan’s positive responses on social media. Your positive support fuels their motivation and we are proud to be a part of it.
See ya at the game!!!
Americans Next Home Game
Friday, April 6th vs Idaho Steelheads
Venue: Allen Event Center 7:05 pm
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