Allen, Texas - The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Allen Americans 4-1 Friday night at Allen Event Center to even the best-of-seven series at one headed back to Utah.
“I thought we stuck to the game plan for the second game in a row and tonight we were able to secure the victory,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Boyle stopped the first 27 shots that he saw and 36 of 37 in the game to earn his first professional playoff win in goal.
“He controlled rebounds, made big saves and played the puck extremely well tonight,” said Branham on goaltender Kevin Boyle.
Austen Brassard gave Utah a 1-0 lead off of a face-off with 2:43 left in the first period off of a Jon Puskar (one goal, two assists) face-off win.
C.J. Eick (one goal, one assist) gave Utah a 2-0 lead 7:28 into the second period on a breakaway pass from Jon Puskar as Garrett Haar also picked up an assist.
At 17:54 of the second, Jon Puskar made it 3-0 as he knocked in a rebound on an Eick shot as the Grizzlies came back in transition with Brassard picking up an assist as well.
1:35 later with 31 seconds left in the second period, Michael Pelech took a tic-tac-toe pass and scored from the right circle on the power-play as Erik Bradford and Erik Higby picked up assists.
Allen outshot Utah 17-5 in the final period as the Grizzlies killed off two penalties in which Allen pulled their goal to go six-on-four.
Utah went 1-4 on the power-play and 2-2 on the penalty-kill.
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.
Playoff Wild Wednesday
Wednesday, April 19, when the Grizzlies return home for game three, will be a playoff Wild Wednesday that will feature $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Soft Drinks, $2 Churros, $4 Grizzlies Goal-Den Ale and $5 Student 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 at Utah: 7 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, April 21: Allen at Utah: 7 p.m.
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.