Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans defeated the Utah Grizzlies 6-3 Wednesday night at Allen Event Center.
The Americans led 2-1 after one period and 5-2 after two as the two teams traded goals in the second.
“You can’t turn the puck over that many times and expect to win a hockey game,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “We have to play smarter and it starts with taking care of the puck.”
Allen made it 1-0 6:39 into the first period before Austen Ortega (2) answered on a power-play from Taylor Richart and Ryan Walters 1:12 later at 8:51. Allen made it 2-1 on a power-play with 2:07 left in the second period. Utah outshot Allen 31-28.
“Once again we outshot the opposition, but we gave up too many scoring opportunities,” said Branham. “We have to stay positive, we know we have a good team; we have to go out and outwork the other teams.”
Allen scored 3:07 into the second period and then at 7:47 to make it 4-1 as Angus Redmond replaced Kevin Carr in goal for the second-straight game. Jon Puskar (7) got Utah within two goals as he knocked in a rebound with 6:03 left in the second before before Allen got their three-goal lead back 32 seconds later.
The Americans made it 6-2 11 seconds into the third period on a power-play goal before Walters (12) scored off of a Puskar face-off win and 6-3 would be the final.
The Grizzlies return to action Friday and Saturday in Wichita. Face-off is at 6 p.m. both nights.
The Grizzlies return home on Monday, January 15 for their annual Maverik Monday Martin Luther King Day Matinee at 1:30 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush. Fans can buy one ticket and get one free with their Maverik Adventure Club Card and Children under 12 will be admitted for $6.
Friday, January 26 is Date Night when the Grizzlies host Tulsa at 7 p.m. Date Night Packages that include two lower bowl tickets and twenty-five dollars in concession vouchers start at just forty-nine dollars or fans can take advantage of our VIP Package that includes two lower bowl tickets, two buffet dinners, dessert bar for two and Meet and Greet with Grizzlies Players second intermission; along with drawings to take part in intermission contests and Zamboni rides.