Despite an unbelievable night from Jeff Pierce who had a hat trick with a goal in the first period and 2 in the 2nd period. It was not enough as the Americans had huge nights from a number of players from Jarret Lukin with 2 goals, Justin Bowers who had a 3 point (1G 2A) and Tyler Wooddisse with 3 assists and a +2 for the game.
Allen Goalie Chris Whitley who had another big night with 39 saves and a strong power play in the 2nd period have put the Jackalopes just one loss away from going out at the Southern Conference Final for the 2nd straight year by a D/FW Team.
If the Americans can advance to the Ray Miron Presidents Cup Championship Series. This would be the first time in league history that a first year team would make the championship series.
From the Central Hockey League Website: www.centralhockeyleague.com
From Allen, Texas: The Allen Americans kept the offense rolling on Friday Night beating the Odessa Jackalopes 6-4 moving within 1 win of a trip to the Ray Miron Presidents Cup Finals in their expansion Season.
The Americans once again struck early with Nino Musitelli scoring his seventh goal of the post-season just over two minutes into the game. Allen would build a 3-0 lead with Jarrett Lukin and Cotton Yellow Horn scoring first period goals as well.
The Jacks 5-1 in the 2nd period after Lukin's scored his second of the game and Justin Bowers notched his sixth of the playoffs but Odessa would mount a comeback.
Jeff Pierce scored three goals for Odessa by the 14:20 mark of the 2nd period giving him a league leading 10 goals in the playoffs. The Cushion the Americans would need after Odessa cut the lead to 5-4 came late in the 2nd period was a power play goal by Ryan Fairbarn.
Chris Whitley earned the win, his seventh of the post-season, by making 39 saves.
Bowers finished with a goal and 2 assists in the game. Allen will have a chance to clinch the series on home ice on Saturday Night.
Allen Americans Lead Series 3-1
Odessa Jackalopes 4 Allen Americans 6 (1-3, 3-3, 0-0)
0-1 ALN: Nino Musitelli (Unassisted) 2:33 1st
0-2 ALN: Jarrett Lukin (Yellow Horn, Wooddisse) 15:32 1st
0-3 ALN: Colton Yellow Horn (Fairbarn, Wooddisse) 16:19 1st
1-3 ODE: Jeff Pierce (PP) (Karlander, Leveille) 18:30 1st
1-4 ALN: Justin Bowers (PP) (Graham, Wooddisse) 2:24 2nd
1-5 ALN: Jarrett Lukin (Benn, Bowers) 8:32 2nd
2-5 ODE: Jeff Pierce (Circelli, Plante) 8:54 2nd
3-5 ODE: Jeff Pierce (Lesperance, Plante) 14:20 2nd
4-5 ODE: Kory Karlander (SH) (Penalty Shot) 17:14 2nd
4-6 ALN: Ryan Fairbarn (PP) (Bowers, Wooddisse) 18:14 2nd
PP: ODE 1/3 ALN 2/4
SOG: ODE 43 ALN 30
PIM: ODE 10 Minutes on 5 Penalties ALN 8 Minutes on 4 Penalties
Goalies: ODE Juha Toivonen 24 SVS on 30 Shots ALN Chris Whitley 39 SVS on 43 Shots
3rd Star: Jarret Lukin (ALN)
2nd Star: Jeff Pierce (ODE)
1st Star: Justin Bowers (ALN)
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