Allen advances to championship repeat

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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By Richard Pollak
dallasentertain@aol.com

The Allen Americans defeated the Fort Wayne Komets on Sunday
afternoon by a score of 6-4 to win the Western Conference
Championship, and advance to the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals. The Americans
will play the Wheeling Nailers.
Allen’s appearance in the ECHL Finals is their second
consecutive which has never happened before in the league
championships.
The Americans found themselves in a 2-0 hole early, as the
Komets scored twice in the first ten and a half minutes of the game.
Allen would finally get on the board, as Vincent Arseneau tipped home
an Eric Roy shot for his 6th of the playoffs to make it a 2-1 game at
14:25 of the first period.
David Makowski would score on the power play to tie the game at
17:26 of the first, from Matt Register and Greger Hanson to make it a
2-2 game. That’s how the opening period would come to an end, with
Fort Wayne leading in shots on goal 16 to 9.
The Americans scored two more times in the second period. First,
Spencer Asuchak tipped one in an open net on a pass from J.P
Lafontaine to make it 3-2
Vincent Arseneau scored his second of the game on a pass across
the crease from Nikita Jevpalovs to make it a 4-2 Americans lead.
Despite being outshot 12 to 5 in the second, the Americans would take
a two-goal lead to the final period.
The Komets would cut the lead to 4-3, when former Americans
Captain Jamie Schaafsma fired a shot from the left corner that went
into the net off of Jake Hildebrand to make it a one goal game.
But it would be a Schaafsma double minor that would set up the
game-winning goal for Allen. Eric Roy scored on the power play at 3;39
of the third to make it a 5-3 Allen lead. Fort Wayne would close the
gap to one goal again on a goal by Garrett Meurs late in the third,
but Greger Hanson’s empty netter would seal the deal, as the Americans
defeated Fort Wayne by a score of 6 to 4 and eliminated the Komets in
five games with a 4-1 series win.
“All our big players stepped up today and that led the way for
our victory,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. ”I’m looking
forward to returning to the finals.”

Kelly Cup League Championship Series Allen vs, Wheeling Nailers
Game 1 – Saturday, May 28 at 8:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, TX
Game 2 – Sunday, May 29 at 4:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, TX
Game 3 – Wednesday, June 1 at 7:05 p.m. ET at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, WV
Game 4 – Friday, June 3 at 7:35 p.m. ET at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, WV
Game 5 – Saturday, June 4 at 7:35 p.m. ET at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, WV*
Game 6 – Thursday, June 9 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, TX *
Game 7 – Saturday, June 11 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, TX

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