North Richland Hills, Texas—The Allen Americans were looking for a win against their city rivals, the Fort Worth Brahmas and they did. They won 5-4 because of their penalty kill that killed three consecutive penalties in the 3rd period and Allen forward Scotty Howes, who scored the go-ahead and game-winning goal with under four minutes to play in regulation. Steve Silverthorn, who started in the net for the Americans, stopped 27 out of the 31 shots he faced.
The Americans had the lead going into the 1st period when Tyler Ludwig scored the first goal on the power play through traffic midway into the period. About two minutes apart, Scotty Howes scored his first goal of the game from a no look pass from Anthony Maiani as Howes’ 20th goal went top shelf over Kristofer Westbloom’s glove side. The Brahmas had plenty of quality chances to tie the game up but Silverthorn was on top of his game. The closest goal the Brahmas had in the first period was by Calin Wild, who had a chance in front of the net but the ref waved it off.
As the Americans took their two goal lead into the 2nd period, the Brahmas dominated the 2nd period on the scoreboard as Sly Nutkevitch scored his 8th goal of the season on the power play to make it 2-1, and then the Brahmas tied the game up with Wild’s first goal of the season. Brahmas took their first lead of the game as Tyler Ludwig went out of the box for interference; Tomas Kempa scored his 7th goal of the season. At the end of the 2nd period, both Adam Pineault and Jason Dietsch had a close chance to tie the game at 3-3 but Westblom stood his ground.
Then the Americans made their comeback with the dominating penalty kill as the Americans could have been down more. Anthony Maiani tied the game up at 3-3 on the power play as he scored his ninth goal as he deflected Tyler Ludwig’s hot at the 1:35 mark with Schneider in the box for hooking. Then about a minute apart from Maiani’s goal, Darryl Bootland scored his 12th goal of the season, on a one timer from a pass by Scotty Howes on the power play. After Bootland scored the go ahead goal, Calin Wild tied the game up with his second goal of the game. But as the game looked like it was heading into OT, Scotty Howes scored the game winner and his 21st goal with 16:24 left in the third period passed Westblom’s glove from a beautiful pass by Bootland.
The Americans and Brahmas face one another tomorrow as they go the Allen Event Center for a rematch. The game starts at 7:05.
Three Stars of the Game:
- Scotty Howes (2 goals, 2 assists)
- Darryl Bootland (1 goal, 2 assists)
- Calin Wild (2 goals)