In the second of three games during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Allen Americans, who currently lead the CHL with 83 points, came back from a 5-2 loss to the Brahmas Friday night to defeat the cross-metroplex rivals 4-3 in overtime. The series was the final time the two teams would face each other before playoffs.
Both teams fought to keep control of the game, resulting in a scoreless first period. Allen’s Tyler Ludwig opened up scoring in the game just two minutes into the second period, though, and the battle truly commenced. Fort Worth’s Tomas Klempa returned the goal five minutes later. Again Allen, determined to hold the lead, scored with Darryl Bootland netting his first goal of the game while on the power play. Fort Worth returned the goal on a 5-on-3 power play with only three minutes remaining in the period. Ross Rouleau’s goal kept the teams, again tied headed into intermission.
The final period remained scoreless until 12:14, when Klempa, scoring his second of the night and 22nd of the season, netted another shorthanded goal for the Brahmas. But a lightning-quick 20 seconds later, Allen’s Trevor Hendrikx returned the goal, tying the game yet again.
Overtime lasted only 21 seconds with Bootland netting his second of the night.
The Americans kicked off Sunday’s game with the first goal of the night, a quick shot by Adam Pineault. The Brahmas, as in Saturday’s game, would not allow Allen the lead, as Austin Mayer scored a tying goal just minutes later. Allen would retake the lead as Mike Montgomery scored just before heading into the first intermission.
Fort Worth would tie the game to start the second period, off a shorthanded goal by Sy Nutkevitch. The Brahmas then took their first lead of the game with Phil Fox scoring on the power play.
The Brahmas would hold the lead through the second and into the third before pulling further away with a goal by Calin Wild that put Fort Worth up 4-2 over Allen. The Americans tried to rally back, with first-time-CHLer Todd Robinson scoring the final goal of the game, leaving the Americans one goal short of overtime with a final score of 4-3.
Next up for the Americans is the Wichita Thunder who trails the Americans by just three points in the league. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Allen Event Center.