West Valley City, Utah - The Allen Americans scored five goals in the third to defeat the Utah Grizzlies 5-1 Friday night at Maverik Center. With the win, Allen takes a three games to one series lead.
The Grizzlies will look to keep their season going with a win Saturday in game five. Face-off is scheduled at 7 p.m.
“Our focus right now is winning tomorrow and then move on,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham.
The game was the fourth-straight contest to start the series that Utah has led going to the third period.
“I thought we played a really good game through two periods,” said Branham. “It wasn't our best but I thought we played well. We just made some execution mistakes.”
Utah took a 1-0 lead 15:24 into the first period as Cam Reid scored on a rush up ice from Austen Brassard and Colin Martin. The Grizzlies took the lead to the first intermission after goaltender Kevin Boyle made 15 saves in the opening period, including five on the first Allen power-play 9:56 into the contest.
“I thought Cam Reid was really good,” said Branham. “He's been ready to go. His skill level is elite so he can put the puck in the net.”
Allen tied the game 2:55 into the third period with a power-play goal and then scored another power-play marker to take the lead 3:21 later before adding two five-on-five goals and a late empty-netter.
Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Boyle stopped the first 27 shots that he saw before Allen took over.
The Grizzlies are celebrating their tenth-straight trip to the Kelly Cup Playoffs by offering $10 Corner Plaza Tickets for all first round games played at Maverik Center. The offer must be mentioned at the arena box office when purchasing tickets.
Complete First Round Schedule
Utah Grizzlies Versus Allen Americans
Game 1: Wednesday, April 12: Allen 4 Utah 3
Game 2: Friday, April 14: Utah 4 Allen 1
Game 3: Wednesday, April 19: Allen 4 Utah 2
Game 4: Friday, April 21: Allen 5 Utah 1
Game 5: Saturday, April 22: Allen at Utah: 7 p.m.
**Game 6: Monday, April 24: Utah at Allen: 6 p.m.
**Game 7: Tuesday, April 25: Utah at Allen: 6 p.m.