INDEPENDENCE, Missouri – It was a dark and stormy night in Independence, Missouri Wednesday night when the best-of-seven series between the Allen Americans and Missouri Mavericks resumed for game three.
The first period saw good action at both ends of the ice with the Mavericks holding the slight edge in shots at 9-8 over the Americans but Aaron Dell and Mike Clemente stayed perfect through the opening frame in net for Allen and Missouri respectively.
The first half of the middle frame was dominated by the Mavericks who were outshooting Allen 9-3 by the midway point of the period. Missouri had several great chances that were only stopped by the determined play of Aaron Dell in the Americans net, which kept the score level at 0-0.
The Allen Americans got on the board near the midway point of the second period when Anthony Maiani dropped the puck to Jason Deitsch who ripped a wrister past Clemente in the Missouri net to give Allen the 1-0 lead at the 9:39 mark.
Missouri got their best chance of the game late in the second period with an extended 5-on-3 power play that was held to just three shots on net by a determined Americans penalty kill unit. Missouri ended the period up in shots on net 15-10 and led with a two period count of 24-19.
The Mavericks finally knotted the score at 1-1 on their fifth power play of the evening when Eric Meland fired a shot past Dell, assisted by Kellan Tochkin and Sebastian Thinel at 5:25 of the third period. Four minutes later Missouri extended their lead to 2-1 when John-Scott Dickson lit the lamp at 9:27, assisted by Colt King and Dave Pszenyczny.
With regulation time dwindling down, Trevor Ludwig found the back of the net to even the score at 2-2 with assists going to Brian McMillin and Tyler Ludwig at 17:40. Regulation expired with the score knotted at 2-2 and Missouri continuing to lead in shots on goal with 9-8 in the period and 33-27 through three periods of play.
An early 5-on-3 power play for Allen was killed by the Missouri penalty killing unit, staving off a 51 second two-man advantage for Allen in a key penalty kill. The Americans then held off a Missouri power play just eight minutes later and would get one more big chance on the power play themselves.
The Allen power play finally cashed in, and cashed in when it mattered most. In a critical 5-on-3 power play with Andrew Courtney and Sebastian Thinel in the penalty bench, Trevor Hendrikx fired a rocket from the left point to score on the 5-on-3 power play, assisted by Todd Robinson for Allen’s first power play goal in nine attempts on the night.
The Americans take a 2-1 series lead in the Conference Finals which are set to resume in Missouri on Friday night with game four of this best-of-seven series at the Independence Events Center with the puck drop scheduled for 7:05PM.
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