Brian McMillin broke a tie game three minutes into the third period to help pull the Allen Americans (10-6) even in the CHL Finals, winning Game 4 on Sunday afternoon over Wichita (10-2) by the final of 2-1 at INTRUST Bank Arena. Matt Summers scored the lone Thunder goal, his first since Game 2 of the Fort Worth series. The Finals will shift to Allen on Tuesday night tied at two games apiece.
There was a feeling out process at the start of Game 4 as both teams were a little bit more defensive-minded. The Thunder had a few great scoring chances as the line of Robinson, Flath and Hanson continued to create havoc in the Allen zone. Wichita struck first right after a power play had expired when Matt Summers found a loose puck during a scrum and put a backhand past Aaron Dell at 12:31.
Allen tied the game just past the midway point of the second period when Jason Deitsch fired a backhand pass towards the crease area and deflected off a defender's skate past Torrie Jung. The Americans carried the play down the stretch of the second, but Jung was up to the task on a couple of chances for Allen.
At the start of the third period, McMillin recorded his 11th of the post-season after getting to a loose puck at the side of the net and shoveling it past Jung to make it 2-1. Wichita pressured the Americans down the stretch after having to kill off a late penalty from Matt Robinson. The Thunder didn't get the bounces, seeing two shots ring off the iron including a terrific chance late in the game from Greger Hanson. Jung was pulled for the extra attacker with just over a minute left as the Thunder tried to find the equalizer. Kevin Young had one last chance from the deep slot, but his shot was blocked by a forward at the top of the circles and the Allen held on for the 2-1 victory.
Wichita loses for the first time when scoring the first goal in the post-season, now 7-1 in that category. Summers recorded his fourth goal of the playoffs while Chad Painchaud and Les Reaney collected assists. Jung loses for just the second time on the playoffs, stopping 22 of 24 shots he faced. Dell was outstanding for the Americans, stopping 35 of 36 shots. Allen improves to 5-2 on the road in the post-season while the Thunder suffer their first loss at home in the playoffs.
Wichita went 0-for-4 on the man advantage while Allen was 0-for-6.
Ray Miron President’s Cup Finals – Series ‘G’ (best-of-7)
Allen Americans vs. Wichita Thunder
Game 1 – Tuesday, April 30th – Wichita at Allen, 4-1 W
Game 2 – Thursday, May 2nd – Wichita at Allen, 5-2 L
Game 3 – Saturday, May 4th – Allen at Wichita, 5-2 W
Game 4 – Sunday, May 5th – Allen at Wichita, 2-1 L
Game 5 –Tuesday, May 7th – Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m.
Game 6 – Friday, May 10th – Allen at Wichita, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 7 – Saturday, May 11th – Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m.
Series is tied 2-2
Wichita hits the road for Game 5 on Tuesday night at the Allen Event Center. Game 6 is set for Friday night at 7:05 p.m. in the Air Capital. For tickets, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or online at www.selectaseat.com .
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