The Allen Americans scored three times in the third period leading to the teams departing from the hockey game to a physical display in the third period all en route to a 5-2 win for Allen evening their CHL Finals series with the Wichita Thunder at a win apiece.
The series now shifts to Wichita for Game’s 3 and 4 where the Thunder have not played a home game since April 11 in Game 2 of their series against Fort Worth.
In a penalty filled first period of play, the lone goal was scored by the home team with Chris Doyle finding some space in the slot and his snapper appearing to deflect off the stick of a Thunder defenseman past Torrie Jung. Jason Deitsch and Darryl Bootland earned the assists on Doyle’s second goal of the playoffs.
The Wichita Thunder stayed unbeaten in the playoffs and handed the Allen Americans their third straight Game 1 loss in these playoffs thanks to a 4-1 win at the Allen Event Center on Tuesday night.
The win gives the Thunder a 1-0 series advantage and hands the Thunder home ice advantage in the playoffs with the stolen win in Allen. Wichita is looking to become the first CHL team to win three CHL Championships (1994, 1995).
It was a tight first period with both goaltenders getting into the game early being forced to make big saves. Each team received opening period power plays with Allen going 0 for 1 and Wichita missing on their two chances. Wichita outshot the Americans 12-5 in the opening period.
The Thunder had some glorious opportunities that Dell responded to but the one that got threw was anything but pretty or glorious. Les Reaney had the puck behind the cage and threw it out in front and somehow Todd Griffith got some part of his body on the puck as he was being checked from behind and the result was the puck crawling across the goal line.
Year Five for the Rapid City Rush, dubbed the "Year of the Fan" ended the same way it began:
A standing ovation of a supporting fanbase for their hometown team.
The ending wasn't what anyone hoped for or was expecting but this season was definitely a rollercoaster of highs and lows.
The Rush came into Game 6 on a 3-game losing streak after notching wins during the first two games of the series.
And the one night delay due to a blizzard that covered the Black Hills only futhered the Mavs determination to finish this series before the Rush regained their composure.
They showed it on the ice by jumping out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Tochkin and Thinel midway in the 1st period.