Denver Cutthroats goaltender Kieran Millan blocks a shot during Game One of the Opening Round of the 2013 CHL playoffs. Cutthroats defenseman Michael Trebish and Allen Americans forward Brian McMillin were also involved in the play. (Photo credit: Chip Crail, CHL Photos Blog)

Allen Americans Lose Game 1 to the Denver Cutthroats, 2-1

Allen, Texas–Game one didn’t go the Allen Americans way as they lost 2-1 to the Denver Cutthroats in front of the 2,382 fans at the Allen Event Center. When they had quality chances to make it more than a one goal game, Denver goaltender Kieran Millan promptly denied it. Millan had a spectacular game with 34 saves.

The Americans’ only goal came on a power play in the first period. After an initial shot by Darryl Bootland, defenseman and newcomer Bryce Aneloski got the rebound and slapped one past Kieran Millan’s glove at the 9:58 mark. The Cutthroats landed the tying goal with 8.1 seconds left in the period while on the powerplay. The tying goal was scored by Ben Wilson.

In the second period, goaltending and penalty killing kept the game tied at 1-1. Aaron Dell even had a snazzy glove save to maintain the dead lock in scoring. The Cutthroats scored the go ahead goal in the second period, sealing the victory. Mikeal Bedard scored a rebound goal after an initial shot by Gabe Gauthier hit Dell’s pad. Bedard slipped the puck past Dell’s glove at the 3:32 mark.

The Americans tried to send the game into OT in the third period, and it appeared it could happen with Denver backing off on coverage of the Americans. Millan had a strong game in the net in the third period, frustrating both the Americans and their fans. The Americans had a few good scrambles in front Millan, but Denver’s defense played a stronger game.

As is the case in many games, goaltending plays a key factor into the playoffs, and unfortunately for the Americans, Millan was on top of his game. The Americans don’t have much down time as game two is right around the corner. The first puck drops tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.

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