By: Mallards Communications Staff
04/29/2014 7:01 PM
Six different Allen Americans scored and 12 different players provided at least one point for the host Americans, who struck for three power play goals and got 32 saves from Bryan Pitton Tuesday night on the way to a 6-1 win over the Quad City Mallards that evens the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals at three games apiece and forces a seventh and deciding game tomorrow evening in Allen.
The Americans’ Spencer Asuchak wristed home the opening goal from the slot at 5:20 of the first period. Allen was on the power play when Bruce Graham’s tip-in doubled the Allen lead at 15:05 of the first.
The Americans tightened their grip by scoring twice in 11 seconds late in the in the second period. Tyler Ludwig’s power play blue line blast stretched the gap to 3-0 at the 18 minute mark of the second. Moments later Jonathan Lessard’s close range goal brought about the replacement of Mallard starting goaltender Thomas Heemskerk by Ty Rimmer.
It was the Mallards who were up a man when Mike Monfredo scored what proved to be the only Quad City goal from the top of the left wing circle at 4:28 of the third period. The Americans would respond with two more goals later in the third. Greger Hanson converted a 5-on-3 Allen advantage from the side of the net at 16:25. Brian McMillan capped off the Americans’ win by burying a rebound with just a minutes and 38 seconds remaining.
The winner of tomorrow night’s game will advance to face the Denver Cutthroats in the CHL President’s Cup finals.