ALLEN, TX – Cedric Pare scored 1 goal and 1 assist for the Utah Grizzlies but it wasn’t enough as the Allen Americans got goals from 4 different players and CJ Motte saved 27 of 29 as they defeated the Grizzlies 4-2 on Wednesday night. Allen leads the best-of-5 Western Conference semifinal series 2 games to 0.
Utah scored first as Pare got a power play goal 5:36 into the game. Utah went 1 for 4 on the power play. Allen tied it up as Matt Register got his 26th career playoff goal 12:29 into the period. The game was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes with Utah outshooting Allen 11 to 9.
Scott Conway gave Allen a lead with a power play goal 12:41 into the second period. Allen went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Americans extended the lead 15:08 in as Brett Neumann scored what turned out to be the game winner. Neumann has the game winning goal in both games of the series. Allen led 3-1 after two periods.
The Americans made it 4-1 as Collin Shirley scored 5:54 into the 3rd. Fourteen seconds later, Travis Barron scored for Utah on a centering pass from Pare out in front. It was Barron’s 4th career playoff goal. That completed the scoring as Utah fell for the second straight night despite outshooting Allen 29 to 22.
Game 3 of the best-of-5 series is on Friday, June 11th at Maverik Center. Utah needs to win three in a row to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 if necessary is on Saturday, June 12th. Game 5 if necessary is on Monday, June 14th. Face-off all 3 nights is at 7:10 pm.
3 stars: 1.Brett Neumann (Allen) – 1 goal, plus-1, 2 shots; 2. CJ Motte (Allen) – 27 of 29 saves; 3. Cedric Pare (Utah) – 1 goal, 1 assist.
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