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Americans Earn 'X' in Standings with 4-3 Win over Bucks

February 22, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Allen Americans News Release

Laredo, Texas-The Allen Americans snapped a small four game losing streak Tuesday night in Laredo, winning 4-3 in front of 2,683 at the Laredo Energy Arena.

Laredo opened the scoring with a power play goal from Daniel Koger 8:11 into the first period. Jeff Bes and Jeff Hazelwood assisted on the goal for the Bucks.

Determined to break their recent skid, the Americans roared back to tie the game on Jonathon Zion's second of the season, 15:45 into the first frame. Nino Musitelli then gave the Americans the lead 2:45 into the second period, before Bruce Graham potted his 28th with just over a minute remaining to make it 3-1 heading into the third.

Americans goaltender Chris Whitley stopped 15 of 16 Bucks shots through the first two periods of play, while Torrie Jung turned aside 20 of 23 at the other end of the ice.

In the third frame, the Americans peppered Jung early, and cashed in at 10:54 with a Brian McMillin tally from Iain McPhee and Tobias Whelan.

Laredo attempted to mount a furious comeback late in the game with a pair of goals from David Inman just over two minutes apart, which made it a 4-3 game.

Whitley was able to slam the door shut for the remainder of the game and preserve a victory for his club.

With the win, Allen officially secured a playoff spot in the Ray Miron President's Cup Playoffs; the first club in the league to clinch thus far in 2010-11.

The Americans (35-11-2) will travel to Hidalgo for a Wednesday night matchup with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (21-25-5). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00PM at State Farm Arena. The game can be heard on, and seen on CHL-TV.

Following Wednesday night's contest, the Americans will return home to the Allen Event Center for a Friday night battle with the Texas Brahmas at 7:30PM. Saturday night Allen will remain at home for a 7:00 face off with the Bloomington Prairiethunder, who will make their first ever appearance in Allen.

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