Allen, Texas–After falling 5-1 in game one in the second round to the Missouri Mavericks, the Allen Americans came back in game two winning 4-1 at the Allen Event Center in front of 3,371 fans. The best of seven series is now tied at 1-1. Jamie Schaafsma and Tyler Ludwig each had a pair of goals for the Americans, and goaltender Aaron Dell stopped 24 of the Mavericks’ 25 shots. Mavericks defenseman Blake Forsyth scored the lone goal for the Mavericks and the series now heads back to the Independence Event Center.
There were quality chances for the Americans after a turnover in the Mavericks zone, but shots went wide. Jamie Schaafsma scored the first of his two goals at the 15:39 mark of the first period when. He picked up a turnover after the Mavericks failed to clear the puck along the right wing and beat Mavericks’ goaltender Mathieu Corbeil, who finished the game with 29 saves on 32 shots. After the penalty to Ryan Jardine expired, Schaasfma made it 2-0 on a rebound off Corbeil in the second period at the 16:45 mark.
The Mavericks cut the lead to 2-1 on Forysth’s first goal of the postseason. After a failed attempt to clear the puck from the Americans, Forsyth lifted the puck over Dell who was sprawled on the ice at the 7:29 mark in the second period. After a successful penalty kill, the Americans made it 3-1 on a rush from the left side with Tyler Ludwig putting the puck past Corbeil at the 10:11 mark in the third period. With 43.1 left in the third period, Ludwig sealed the win for the Americans with an empty net goal, his second of the night, making it 4-1.
Both teams were scoreless on the power play as Missouri finished 0-for-4 and Allen was 0-for-3.