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Playoff update: Texas, Allen with big wins

The Allen Americans won Game 7 of their CHL semifinal series last night and are now on to the Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals against the Rapid City Rush. It's a best-of-7 series that starts Friday in Rapid City, South Dakota (that sounds like a fun travel series). The format is 2-3-2, meaning games three, four and five (if necessary) will be held at Allen Event Center. Here's the schedule:

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 23 – Allen @ Rapid City, 8:05

Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 24 – Allen @ Rapid City, 8:05

Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 28 – Allen vs. Rapid City, 7:30

Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 30 – Allen vs. Rapid City, 7:30

*Game 5 – Sat., May 1 – Allen vs. Rapid City, 7:30

*Game 6 – Tue., May 4 – Allen @ Rapid City, 7:35

*Game 7 – Fri., May 7 – Allen @ Rapid City, 8:05

*If necessary

Check out the Allen Americans website for more information.

The Texas Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate, took a 3-0 series lead against Rockford in the first round. Jamie Benn had four points, including two goals in the win. Game 4 in Friday in Rockford.