ALLEN, Texas – The Americans beat the Tulsa Oilers 3-1 on Saturday night before a big crowd of 4,825 at the Allen Event Center.
The Americans jumped on the board first in the opening period when Scotty Howes set up Darryl Bootland for his fourth of the season. Anthony Maiani drew the second assist and the Americans led by a 1-0 score. The Americans would score again before the period ended when Trevor Ludwig gained the Tulsa zone off the face-off, firing a shot on net that was deflected by Ryley Grantham, past Oilers netminder Dan Bakala to put Allen up 2-0 at the 15:31 mark. The shots were even 9-9 after one.
The Oilers had the only goal in the second period scoring on the power play when Ryan Menei beat Steve Silverthorn top shelf from the left wing boards to cut the Allen lead in half 2-1. Allen had a slight advantage in shots 18-14 after two periods.
The third period was pretty even with a lot of back and forth action at both ends until the 17:12 mark of the third when Americans winger Nino Musitelli stole the puck at blue-line walking in on the right side and firing one past Dan Bakala to put the game away giving the Americans a 3-1 lead. It was Musitelli’s first of the season, and his first since returning to Allen.
“It was good to see Nino get rewarded,” Americans forward Darryl Bootland said. “He’s worked so hard and been through so much lately we were all excited to see that puck go in the net.”
The Americans improve to 10-2-0 with the victory and are all alone on top of the CHL standings with 20 points. The following images were recorded at the Allen Event Center on Saturday evening.* * Contact the photographer at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews