Monday, April 1, 2013

McMillin Streak Continues, Kerbashian Game Winner

Brian McMillin nets two goals and games #1 Star - photo by
 Brian McMillin scored two first period goals and Kale Kerbashian had the game winner as Allen took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 victory last night at the Denver Coliseum.

- Brian McMillin continued his outstanding play and streak of being named the #1 star of the game. His has been selected the #1 star in the last four Allen wins.

- With his three goals in the playoffs Brian stands alone at the top of the CHL in goals scored and is second to teammate Todd Robinson in points.

- I find it interesting that when the Americans were doubling their opponents in shots they were losing and the last two games where shots were close to equal the have won the game.

- Shots on goal last night were well distributed with four being the most shots by any player. Ludwig, Aneloski, McMillin, Kerbashian & Schaafsma all had four shots on goal.

- The most disappointing stat from the game was the attendance as the official number was only 1317.

- It was great to see the power play go 2-7 (28.5%) as Todd Robinson got assists on both goals. The power play is now 3-20 (15%) for the series. Watching Robinson quarterback the power play you just know our power play will continue to improve.

- The penalty kill unit continued its outstanding play not allowing a goal on Denver's three power plays. In the series thus far Allen has allowed only one power play goal in seventeen chances for for a 94.12% kill percentage.

- I have failed to mention the great series Aaron Dell is having as he has given up only two goals in each of the first three games. Two of the six goals he has allowed have been scored at the end of the game when Denver had an extra attacker.

- It is unfortunate that the teams have to play four games in five days with 12 hours of travel on the one off day just to accommodate the business interests of the Cutthroats. Let's get another win tonight and get back home for a couple of days of rest and time to heal up.

- I know I have been including a lot of attendance figures in my last few blog posts one of which was what I said was the lowest attendance in Americans franchise history for game one of the playoffs. As it turns out it was reported to the league incorrectly. I verified with Robert Fatta, Director of Ticket Operations, that the attendance for the first game was 3382 not the 2382 that was reported earlier. The average for the first two home games is 3612. I would assume the next home game (Saturday 4/6) will see that average go up.

Kale Kerbashain scored the game winning goal - photo by

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