Great marketing idea by the local CHL teams, and a great game tonight, as Allen defeated Texas in Allen.
Allen (18-4-1) coach Dwight Mullins will now coach the Berry Conference at the CHL All-Star Game.
Here is the Americans press release:
ALLEN, Texas- Skating as the Dallas Freeze in the first game of the 2010 North Texas Vintage Series, the Allen Americans defeated the Texas Brahmas (Fort Worth Fire) 5-3 tonight in front of 3,855 fans at the Allen Event Center.
The Brahmas opened up the scoring with a pair of goals late in the opening period. Defenseman Greg Hogeboom found the back of the net first on the power play at 15:14, followed by forward Chris Moran 1:04 later.
The Americans would fire right back with a goal from Brian McMillin with 2:40 remaining in the first to cut the Brahmas lead to 2-1 heading into the first intermission. The tally was McMillin's second as an American, with both goals having come at home.
The second period saw the Americans strike with a pair of power play goals to erase the early deficit. Judd Blackwater would collect his own rebound and deposit the puck past Wayne Savage 3:43 into the period to tie the game at 2. Jarret Lukin, playing in his first game since November 27, added his seventh of the season 3:10 later to give Allen their first lead of the night at 3-2.
Chris Moran's second goal of the night 2:02 into the third period tied the game at 3 for the Brahmas but was answered quickly by the Americans when Justin DaCosta's shot found it's way through Savage and into the net to put Allen back on top 4-3 with 14:46 remaining in regulation.
David Nimmo would put the game away and end any chance of a Brahmas comeback with an empty-net goal with 43.1 seconds remaining to extend the Americans lead to 5-3.
Newcomer Scott Campbell was strong in net once again and finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots.
With the victory, the Americans improve to 18-4-1 and move back into first place in the Berry Conference with 37 points.
Head Coach Dwight Mullins has now clinched the coaching position for the Berry Conference in the upcoming CHL All Star Game. Mullins received the nod after tonight's game in which Allen clinched the best winning percentage in the conference before the Christmas break.
The Americans will finish off their pre-Christmas schedule with two more games at the Allen Event Center beginning tomorrow night at 7:00 against the Tulsa Oilers. Allen will then faceoff against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Tuesday night at 7:30.
Here is the Brahmas' press release:
Ice Cools Fire as Americans Beat Brahmas in First Game of Vintage Series Allen, Texas (December 17)- The bad blood that began between the Fort Worth Fire (Texas Brahmas) and the Dallas Freeze (Allen Americans) has continued to boil over for their reincarnation of the Texas Brahmas and the Allen Americans during the first game of the Fire and Ice Vintage Game Series this season. The Fire came out to play, but ultimately the Freeze cooled their jets for their fourth straight win against the Brahmas 5-3. The Brahmas struck first when Greg Hogeboom burned goal tender Scott Campbell with 4:46 left in the first period with assists from Dan Reidel and Jason Krischuk. In less than a minute and a half, the Brahmas added fuel to that flame when Chris Moran put another in to give them a 2-0 lead. The goals kept adding up in the when Brian McMillin answered for the Americans and beat Wayne Savage at the net with 2:41 left and cut the Brahmas lead 2-1 by the end of the first period. The goals kept piling up when the Americans opened up the second period with a score from forward Judd Blackwater on a Power Play to tie things up 2-2 only 3:33 into the second period. Within three minutes, the Americans scored again on a one man advantage with Jaret Lukin putting one through the pipes and past Savage to give the Americans the 3-2 advantage. Moran opened up the third period by scoring at the 17:38 mark tying up the game for the Brahmas 3-3, but Justin DaCosta answered right back with a goal at the 14:46 mark to give the Americans the lead again. Once Allen took the lead, they never let go. A last minute effort by the Brahmas by pulling goal tender Savage gave the Americans an empty net for David Nimmo to score the final goal of the game and give Allen a 5-3 win. Texas returns to the NYTEX Sports Centre, Saturday, December 18 to host Odessa for a 7:30 PM faceoff. For ticket information please contact the Brahmas at (817) 336-4423 or visit www.brahmas.com .