Chris Whitley finished with 48 saves.
Here is the press release:
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - The Allen Americans took a 1-0 series lead in the Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals tonight after a 4-1 victory over the Rapid City Rush at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Arena.
Both teams came out firing on all cylinders and treated fans to end-to-end hockey in the first. Midway through the period Tyler Wooddisse had a breakaway but could not covert the scoring opportunity. On the same play, Rapid City came back with a two-on-one rush that netminder Chris Whitley turned away. After one period, the score was tieless with shots favoring Rapid City 13-7.
The Americans' offense exploded in a four-goal second period. Forward Nathan O'Nabigon scored the first goal of the finals at 3:49 of the frame to give Allen a 1-0 lead. Nino Musitelli increased Allen's advantage to two when he scored at 8:57. Rookie Tobias Whelan grabbed the third goal with 3:53 remaining in the period. The Rush replaced Danny Battochio in net with Miguel Beaudry immediately following Whelan's fourth postseason tally. Musitelli grabbed his second of the night on the power play 54 seconds before the second intermission to make it 4-0.
The Rush' Dave Grimson scored with 3:10 left in the game, spoiling Whitley's perfect play. The Americans netminder still emerged with the win and 48 saves. Battochio stopped nine of 12, while Beaudry saved eight of nine shots.
The series continues Saturday night in Rapid City at 8:05 p.m. Fans can take part in the Americans' "Skate to the Finals" event tomorrow that includes a Select-A-Seat, public skate and watching party. For more details, visit www.allenamericans.com . As always, fans can watch Game Two at Boston's The Gourmet Pizza, the official pre-game and away game watching destination.
The box score is available on Pointstreak.com: http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=1269586
Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals
Allen Americans vs. Rapid City Rush
Game 1 - Friday, Apr. 23 - Allen 4 @ Rapid City 1 (Allen leads 1-0)
Game 2 - Saturday, Apr. 24 - Allen @ Rapid City, 8:05
Game 3 - Wednesday Apr. 28 - Allen vs. Rapid City, 7:30
Game 4 - Friday, Apr. 30 - Allen vs. Rapid City, 7:30
*Game 5 - Saturday, May 1 - Allen vs. Rapid City, 7:30
*Game 6 - Tuesday, May 4 - Allen @ Rapid City, 7:35
*Game 7 - Friday, May 7 - Allen @ Rapid City, 8:05
Playoff Tickets On Sale Now
Fans can purchase playoffs tickets now that start as low as $7. To order, call 972-912-1000 or 1-866-4-GET-TIX (1-866-443-8849), go to gettix.net or stop by the Allen Event Center Box Office. The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Fans interested in 10 tickets or more to any one game or tickets to multiple games are encouraged to speak with an Allen Americans representative regarding group discounts and savings off walk-up prices at 972.912.1000.