Allen Evens Series with Wichita in Penalty Filled Tilt


Wichita 2 at Allen 5
at the Allen Event Center

Post Game Notes - Game 2


Box Score | Game Live

Series: Series tied 1-1

Next Game: Game 3 – Saturday, May 4 at Wichita (7:05 PM CT)

Three Stars:

1. Kale Kerbashian (ALN), 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Aaron Dell (ALN), 36 saves
3. Darryl Bootland (ALN), 3 assists

Goaltenders:
WIC- Torrie Jung (Loss- 11 saves, 4 goals allowed)
ALN- Aaron Dell (Win- 36 saves, 1 goal allowed)

Goals:

WIC: 0-1-1=2
ALN: 1-3-1=5

Shots:
WIC: 11-18-12=41
ALN: 7-8-6=21

Power Plays:
WIC: 1 for 10
ALN: 0 for 10

The Allen Americans scored three times in the third period leading to the teams departing from the hockey game to a physical display in the third period all en route to a 5-2 win for Allen evening their CHL Finals series with the Wichita Thunder at a win apiece.

The series now shifts to Wichita for Game’s 3 and 4 where the Thunder have not played a home game since April 11 in Game 2 of their series against Fort Worth.

In a penalty filled first period of play, the lone goal was scored by the home team with Chris Doyle finding some space in the slot and his snapper appearing to deflect off the stick of a Thunder defenseman past Torrie Jung.  Jason Deitsch and Darryl Bootland earned the assists on Doyle’s second goal of the playoffs.

Wichita had much of the action in their offensive zone in the opening frame outshooting the Americans 11-7 and seeing four power play chances compared to two for Allen.  Aaron Dell was spectacular in the first period stopping all 11 shots he faced.

The Americans passed a huge test early in the second period when they were faced with a two man advantage for the Thunder but Dell made some big saves and defense of Allen sold out blocking numerous shots on the advantage for Wichita.

The Thunder would tie the score with a two-on-one that ended with R.G. Flath scoring his sixth goal of the playoffs and fourth in his last five games making the score 1-1.

Allen regained the lead with Kale Kerbashian taking a drop pass by Bootland and wristing a shot past Jung for his fifth goal of the post-season. 

Wichita was awarded a power play after the goal and had some opportunities but it was Allen who took advantage of the special teams with Brian McMillin scoring his ninth goal of the playoffs after he had his initial shot blocked by Jung but the rebound was knocked over the netminder giving Allen the 3-1 lead.  It was the Americans second shorthanded goal of the post-season tying Wichita for the most in the league.

An odd man rush towards the end of the period got Allen officially roiling as Kerbashian figured into the offense once again finding Todd Robinson streaking down the left wing where he shot the puck by Jung for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The Thunder outshot the Americans 18-8 in the period and failed on four more power play chances including the two-man advantage.

The Americans fifth goal was a pretty one and was created by an unbelievable shift from Kerbashian who walked around Travis Wight to get a great scoring chance in front of Kevin Regan who made a great save but Kerbashian kept working and from close quarters to the left of Regan was able to backhand his second goal and third point of the night past Regan at the 16:28 mark of the final frame.

The remainder of the third period was out of control with fight after fight and both team accumulating numerous penalty minutes.  For the game, the teams combined for 164 penalty minutes and had six fights.

A late third period goal from Nathan Lutz was too little too late in the loss for the Thunder.  Lutz later was assessed a match penalty for attempting to injure Allen’s Mike Berube putting Lutz availability for Game 3 in question.

Dell made 36 saves earning the win and Jung took his first loss of the post-season.

Game 3 is set for Saturday night in Wichita.









 

 



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