ALLEN, TX – The Allen Americans run as Kelly Cup champions is over.
Former Americans defenseman Matt Register scored the series-clinching goal with 69 seconds left in game six to give the Colorado Eagles a 4-3 win over the Allen Americans.
The Eagles win the best-of-seven Mountain Division Final series 4-2.
Johnny Lazo opened the scoring just 94 seconds into the contest after beating Riley Gill on the short side with a wrist shot. Travis Brown would tie the contest after ripping a shot past the Eagles goalie Kent Simpson midway through the period.
Colorado would reclaim the lead in the middle stages of the second period when Shawn St-Amant stuffed home a rebound to give Colorado a 2-1 lead. Gary Steffes would respond less than three minutes later, putting a rebound by Simpson to tie the game at two. Bryan Moore would give Allen the lead heading into the second intermission when he fired a shot that went bar down and beat Simpson to give Allen a 3-2 lead.
It wouldn’t take long in the final period for Colorado to respond, however. Mason Geertsen tied the contest at three just 58 seconds in. Register capped off the scoring with his fifth of the playoffs off a nice feed from Cam Maclise to give Colorado the series win.
For Allen, their four-year run as league champs is something that has not been done in minor pro hockey history and was among the best in NHL lore, tied for second with the New York Islanders from 1980-84 as the second longest title run in professional hockey history. The Americans were looking to win a fifth straight title, and equal the Montreal Canadiens for the longest streak in professional hockey history.
Their run featured 17 straight series wins, and up until tonight, a 12-0 record in elimination games.
Colorado advances to their first conference final series as members of the ECHL and will take on the Toledo Walleye in the Western Conference Finals which begin in Toledo Friday night.
The Sin Bin’s Barry Janssen will have much more on game six from the Allen perspective, tomorrow.