LOVELAND, CO. – The Allen Americans scored four unanswered goals to rally for a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Eagles in Game Four on Thursday. The win was Allen’s first of the series, as the Eagles still maintain control with a 3-1 series lead. Colorado and Allen combined for 121 penalty minutes in a physical contest that saw the Americans capitalize with a power-play goal, a shorthanded tally and a pair of even-strength goals.
The Eagles claimed an early advantage when rookie forward Julien Nantel tracked down a bouncing puck in the low slot and lifted it past Allen goaltender Riley Gill to give Colorado the 1-0 lead just 3:28 into the contest.
Moving into the second period, the Americans would strike back on the power play, as forward Chad Costello swatted a puck out of mid-air and into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1 at the 8:11 mark of the middle frame.
Allen would grab its first lead of the series when an Eagles turnover at the blue line created a shorthanded rush down the ice for forward Tyler Barnes, which he would finish with a backhander to give the Americans the 2-1 edge with only 1:03 remaining in the second period.
The third period would see Allen pull further ahead beginning with forward Alex Krushelnyski slicing on top of the crease on the rush and lifting a shot into the back of the net to grow the Americans lead to 3-1 at the 9:33 mark of the final frame.
Less than three minutes later, Allen forward Josh Britain sent a spinning shot from the low slot past the outstretched leg pad of Hafner, lighting the lamp and giving the Americans a 4-1 lead. The balance of the period would see a bevy of penalties doled out to both sides, as the Americans would hold on for the 4-1 victory.
Colorado finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play, while Allen scored on one of its eight chances on the man-advantage. The Eagles were outshot on the evening by a final count of 25 to 18.
The Eagles return to action when they face the Allen Americans in Game Five of the ECHL Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday, May 7th at 3:05pm MT at the Budweiser Events Center.
Tickets for all second round games are on sale now and start at just $20 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Budweiser Events Center box office, online at ColoradoEagles.com or by calling the Eagles ticket office at (970) 686-SHOT (7468).