Bryan Moore Nets Four to Lead Allen Americans to 5-3 Victory
Allen Americans forward Bryan Moore has clearly proven that he will be a star in the National Hockey League one day. At least that is what the Wichita Thunder have to be thinking these days. For the second time in eight days and the second game in a row against the Thunder, Moore netted a hat trick, this time scoring 4-goals to lead the Americans to the 5-3 win over Wichita.
Last Saturday night, Bryan Moore delivered a natural hat trick, scoring three straight goals to start the third period to lead the Americans to an identical 5-3 victory. This Saturday it would be Moore leading the charge again, as he scored four goals to lead his team to the two-goal win.
His first goal of the night and 15th of the year came just 5:08 into the contest. A bad giveaway by the Thunder gave Moore the puck about 10 feet from the Wichita goal. He blasted a slap shot that went over goalie Drew Owsley’s shoulder and into the net to make it 1-0.
It stayed that way for the next 14 minutes, but with 33 ticks left on the clock it would be Moore again. This time Chad Costello fired a shot that was saved by Owsley, but the rebound went to the other side where Moore was waiting. He fired the puck back in for his second goal of the night, giving his team the two-goal lead.
The Allen Americans outshot the Thunder 13-9 in the first frame, but Wichita came out fired up in the second period, outshooting Allen 13-3 in the period. That pressure would eventually pay off when the red hot Matt DeBlouw would score his sixth goal of the season at the 3:45 mark.
While on the power-play, Louis Marcotte entered the Allen zone and made a great pass to DeBlouw. The Wichita Thunder forward split between two defensemen and then swooped in front of the net, putting the puck between the legs of Jamie Murray for the score.
About six minutes later it looked like Allen would extend their lead back to two, but Owsley made a great save to keep it a one-goal game. Derek Mathers split between two Wichita defensemen and went on the Thunder goalie on a breakaway. However, Owsley stood strong, stymying the shot to keep it 2-1.
The Americans would not be denied, however. About 30-seconds after the breakaway opportunity Allen was on the power-play. Spencer Asuchak fired a shot from the point that was blocked in front of the net. The puck just lay there loose, with Moore eventually taking control, pulling the puck back, and firing it into the net for his 17th goal of the season. That hat trick goal made it 3-1.
In the third period it would be the Americans extending their lead, thanks to Bryan Moore again. At the 7:12 mark, Costello gained control of the puck behind the net and passed out in front to Costello who was cruising down the slot. He fired the slap shot that found the back of the net to make it a three-goal lead.
A little over two minutes later the Americans were on the power-play looking to extend their lead, but it was the Thunder’s special teams that would deliver the short-handed goal. Gerrad Grant gained control of the puck behind his net and lifted the puck up and down the ice to a streaking DeBlouw. The Wichita Thunder gloved the puck quickly and dropped in onto his stick and continued into the Allen end on a breakaway. He made a move before tucking it under the pads of Murray and into the goal to make it 4-2.
The Thunder were not done however. They continued to put pressure on the Americans and would cut the deficit to one. At the 15:52 mark, DeBlouw gained control of the puck in the Allen end and passed to Landon Oslanski, who swung the puck across the blue line to Jamie Doornbosch. The defenseman fired a slap shot that blew past Murray and into the net to make it a one-goal game.
With just two minutes left it looked like the Thunder would get the equalizer. A shot was saved by Murray and was left right on the doorstep. DeBlouw swung out from behind the net but could not get his stick on it before the Americans goalie corralled the puck and forced a stoppage.
With a little over a minute left in the contest the Thunder would pull their goalie. However, it would be Allen that would capitalize, scoring the empty-netter. The play also showed the incredibly unselfish play of Bryan Moore, who had the easy goal, but passed it to Costello for his 23rd to extend the lead back to 5-3. That would be the final.
Bryan Moore finished with 4-goals and an assist for the Allen Americans. Chad Costello added a goal and 2-assists. Spencer Asuchak added 3-assists for Allen. Jamie Murray saved 32 of 35 shots. Wichita was led by Matt DeBlouw who scored 2-goals and added an assist. Landon Oslanski had 2-assists.
These two teams will face off again tomorrow night. The puck drops at 7:05.
By Robert Pannier