Huge nights with Colton Yellow Horn's Hat Trick plus Justin Bower's 2 goals in the first period stunned the Rapid City Rush who was looking to continue their momentum from the Game 2 OT Win at the Allen Event Center.
In addition to Yellow Horn & Bowers, Americans goalie had to take on a ton of Rush shots as the Rush out-shot the Americans 37-25 in the game, including 14-7 in the 2nd period. For that, they have rookie goalie Chris Whitley to think as he stopped 35 of 37 shots in the game to allow Yellow Horn's 2nd period goals to go up 4-1 and eventually be a big difference in game. Other great nights came from Jarrett Lukin & Tyler Wooddisse who each had two assists in the game.
Rapid City Goals by Brendan Cook & Scott Wray made the score 4-2 late in the 3rd period. But Whitley was able to keep the Rush from coming any closer in this game. Rapid City Goalie Danny Battochio also had to be pulled after the Americans made it 4-0 in the 2nd period. Despite Beaudry stopping all 12 shots and giving the Rush a chance to comeback late, it was to little to late as Yellow Horn scored an empty netter to give him his first pro hat trick of his career.
From the Allen Americans Website: www.allenamericans.com
From Allen, Texas: Colton Yellow Horn scored his first professional hat trick tonight en route to an Allen Americans 5-2 win at the Allen Event Center. The win gives the Americans a 2-1 series lead over Rapid City in the Ray Miron Presidents Cup Final.
The Americans started off their first final's home game by bringing in North Texas hockey icon Norm Green to do the ceremonial puck drop. The former Dallas Stars Owner arrived ready for playoff hockey, wearing his tie that he dons for postseason action.
After the Green Puck Drop, the Americans went on to open the game with a power play at 2:10. Justin Bowers shoved the puck past Rush Netminder Danny Battochio from the top of the crease for his ninth playoff goal. With 6:22 remaining in the first period, Allen increased its lead to two. Bowers scored his 2nd of the night off of a pass from Veteran Erik Adams. After 20 minutes, Allen led 2-0.
Allen's offense continued to score in the middle frame, even when the club was shorthanded. Colton Yellow Horn deked around the Rapid City Defender with an incredible move and lit the lamp 1:25 into the 2nd period on the penalty kill. Yellow Horn grabbed another goal on a three-on-two rush later in the 2nd. Nino Musitelli left a drop pass from Captain Jarrett Lukin, who passed the puck a fallen defender to an open Yellow Horn. The forward poked the puck in his 8th of the playoffs at 10:10.
The Rush replaced Battochio in net with Miguel Beaudry after the fourth Allen Goal of the game similar to Game one. Rapid City got on the scoreboard at 12:11 when Brendan Cook's shot from the high slot hit the back of the net. The goal brought the score to 4-1.
The next goal of the game came at 12:12 of the final period, when Scott Wray grabbed a tally on a slap shop to bring the Rush within two. Rapid City put an extra attacker on the ice with two minutes to go, but Yellow Horn ruined any hopes of the visitors had a comeback when he scored an empty netter to earn a hat trick. The final score 5-2.
Allen's record is now 3-0 in Game 3's in this year's playoffs.
The Championship Series continues in Allen for Game Four and Five on April 30 and May 1, respectively. To show the club's appreciation to all its fans, the Americans and the Allen Event Center are offering $2 beers and $2 hot dogs at the last home games of the team's inaugural season. Additionally, the first 2,000 fans at each game will receive free thunder sticks, and there will be a fan fest before every game at 5:30 PM. Festivities includes bounce houses, interactive gamezones, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall and so much more. Both games start at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are available by 972-912-1000, going to gettix.net or by stooping by the Allen Even Center Box Office. The Box Office is open from 10 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays. Fans interested in tickets to multiple playoff games are encouraged to speak with an Allen Americans representative regarding savings at walk up prices at 972-912-1000.
Allen Americans Leads Series 2-1
Rapid City Rush 2 Allen Americans 5 (0-2, 1-2, 1-1)
0-1 ALN: Justin Bowers (PP) (Graham, Yellow Horn) 2:10 1st
0-2 ALN: Justin Bowers (Adams, Fairbarn) 13:38
0-3 ALN: Colton Yellow Horn (SH) (Wooddisse, Lukin) 1:33 2nd
0-4 ALN: Colton Yellow Horn (Lukin, Musitelli) 10:10 2nd
1-4 RPC: Brendan Cook (Bostock) 12:11 2nd
2-4 RPC: Scott Wray (Reaney, Leblanc) 12:12 3rd
2-5 ALN: Colton Yellow Horn (EN) (Wooddisse) 19:08 3rd
PP: RPC 0/6 ALN 1/4
SOG: RPC 37 ALN 25
PIM: RPC 18 Minutes on 9 Penalties ALN 20 Minutes on 10 Penalties
Goalies: RPC Danny Battochio 8 SVS on 12 Shots Migueal Beaudry 12 SVS on 12 Shots ALN Chris Whitley 35 SVS on 37 Shots
3rd Star: Chris Whitley (ALN)
2nd Star: Justin Bowers (ALN)
1st Star: Colton Yellow Horn (ALN)
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