Dayton, Ohio – The Allen Americans made the long trek east to Dayton, Ohio with a severely depleted roster due to injuries and call ups to the AHL to take on the Dayton Gems in the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Dayton sits in 6th place in the Turner Conference while Allen is in 2nd place, currently trailing the first place Wichita Thunder by four points in the Berry Conference.
The first period saw great action with both teams peppering the others net with quality shots, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. At the end of the opening frame, the Allen Americans led in shots on goal 16-11 while the game remained scoreless.
The Dayton Gems broke the scoreless tie when David Nimmo lit the lamp off a pass from Brandon Naurato converting on a neutral zone turnover at 8:23 of the second period. The Gems worked hard to limit the Americans chances in the middle frame, holding Allen to just 7 shots in the period to the Gem’s own 11. The two period shots on goal total showed a slight edge to Allen with 23-22, however Allen still trailed 1-0.
The third period saw fantastic end-to-end action with excellent goaltending at both sides of the ice between Marco Cousineau and Larry Sterling. The Americans were finally able to solve Dayton goaltender Larry Sterling on their 29th shot of the game late in the third period to break Allen’s five period scoring drought. Jarret Lukin poked the puck into the empty net past a sprawling Sterling, off a feed by Nick Layton at 15:56 of the third period to tie the game 1-1. At the end of regulation, the score remained tied 1-1 with Dayton outshooting the Americans 14-9 in the period for a three period total 36-32 in the Gems favor.
The five minute overtime period saw only two shots from Dayton and one from Allen, with neither side scoring causing the game to be decided by shootout. In the shootout, Allen notched three goals to Dayton’s one shootout goal. The Allen goal scorers were Colton Yellow Horn, Nick Layton and Mark Nebus. For Dayton, Tim Hartung was the lone goal scorer. Nick Layton is credited with the game winning goal to give the Americans the 2-1 shootout victory and the vital two points needed to continue their pursuit of the first place Wichita Thunder in the Berry Conference.
The Americans now head to Fort Wayne, Indiana to take on the Fort Wayne Komets Saturday night; the puck drop is scheduled for 7:35PM.