The Allen Americans bid to extend their winning streak to eight games came up just short tonight in front of 3,771 at the Allen Event Center. Playing the Odessa Jackalopes for the third time in six days, the Americans were unable to rally from an early three goal deficit and fell to the Jackalopes by a score of 5-1.
The Jackalopes would capitalize on an Americans turnover and strike first when Kenny Corupe intercepted Iain McPhee’s pass and beat Chris Whitley with a backhander 15:23 into the first period. Mike Lesperance would add to the Jackalopes lead 1:53 later with a shorthanded goal after collecting a loose puck on the Americans blueline and firing the puck past Whitley on a breakaway. After twenty minutes of play in Allen, the Jackalopes lead 2-0 despite being outshot by the Americans 12-6.
Mike Ramsay’s wrist shot through traffic early in the second period extended Odessa’s lead to 3-0 before Bruce Graham struck with a powerplay goal 10:25 into the frame to get the Americans on the board and cut the Jackalopes lead to 3-1. The goal was Graham’s ninth of the season.
The remainder of the second period was primarily spent in the Jackalopes zone but the Americans were unable to cut into the deficit any further as Odessa netminder Joel Martin continuously turned shot after shot aside.
The third period would see more of the same from Martin, who denied all 12 shots faced in the frame. Odessa would end any hope of an Americans comeback with a pair of goals from Jeff Pierce and Todd Robinson (EN) with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
With the 5-1 loss, the Americans fall to 13-3-0 but still remain atop the Central Hockey League with 26 points.
The lines for tonight were:
The box score can be found here.
Coach Mullins on the loss and the team’s start: “I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that we are 13-3 and we deserve to be 13-3. I know that there are a lot of teams that would trade us in a heartbeat so I don’t think that we are going to get to worked up about it tonight. We respect Odessa, they have a good hockey team and at the end of the day we made some mistakes that we don’t normally make and it cost us. We’re battling through a really difficult part of our schedule and on the bright side of it we’ve been successful. We’ll push through here and move on for tomorrow.”
– The Americans outshot the Jackalopes 38-24.
– The loss was the Americans first since October 30 at Rapid City.
– The Americans have scored a powerplay goal in eight straight contests.
– Tobias Whelan has registered 9 points (4g, 5a) in his last 8 games.
The Americans will now travel to Arizona for three straight match-ups with the Sundogs, beginning on Wednesday night at 8:05. The teams will then take Thanksgiving off before facing off again on Friday and Saturday. –>