Sunday, November 10, 2013

Daily Dish - 11/10

- While the Americans await the outcome of the rubber match (see DID YOU KNOW below) today with Brampton they find themselves in second place in the standings after Rapid City climbed into first place with a 6-5 win over Arizona last night. Rapid City remains undefeated (9-0) as does Missouri (8-0) who beat Wichita 3-0. This sets up the "battle of the unbeatens" as Missouri travels to Rapid City for two games next weekend (Friday & Saturday).

- It is an early start for the game today as it starts at 1:00 pm CST/Dallas time. Bryan Pitton will be in goal again after that stellar performance on Friday.

- For those that aren't on social media or have not been following the Allen Americans Fan Club group and their adventures in Brampton/Toronto they are having a great time and bringing the Allen Americans spirit to the players, their families, friends, as well as the Brampton Beast fans. In addition to enjoying the hockey games they have sampled the local cuisine and beverages and yesterday made a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame (it is induction weekend) and even posted a picture of the Allen Americans Central League Championship acknowledgement. And they were awakened early this morning (6:45 am) as the fire alarm went off in their hotel. Don't know everyone in Brampton but way to represent, John, Vicki, Dan, Amanda, Kristi and everyone else who made the trip.
Allen Americans Fan Club Representing In Brampton

- Took a quick look last night at how some of our former players are doing and many of them are on teams that are struggling. Here is what I found.

Aaron Dell (2012-2013):  Aaron had a shutout last night and was the games #1star as his Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) beat the Ontario Reign 2-0. He has played in only two games all year (he was called up to the AHL for a brief period to serve as a back up) and is 1-1. Utah is 2-4-2 and ranks 7th in their nine team conference.

Adam Pineault (2011-2013): Adam, who is also with the Utah Grizzlies has seven points (0 goals 7 assists) in eight games.

Colton Yellow Horn (2009-2012): Colton has 19 points (9 goals 10 assists) in 19 games to lead his team, Székesfehérvár (Hungary), in scoring but his team is in 9th place in the twelve team Austria league.

Scott Howes (2012-2013): Scott plays in the same league as Yellow Horn but according to elite prospects has only played in four games scoring two goals and two assists. His team, Olimpija Ljubljana is in last place in the twelve team league with a record of 2-18-1. Former Allen player Judd Blackwater is also on this team.

Ryley Grantham (2012-2013): Ryley is with the Springfield Falcons (AHL) but has only played in one of the Falcons first 11 games. In the one game he played he had an assist, a fight and was a plus one. Springfield is in 8th place in the Eastern Conference which has 15 teams.

Brett Skinner (2012-2013): Brett is with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) and has three assists in nine games played. Norfolk's 17 points places them 5th in the 15 team conference.

Brian McMillin (2010-2013): Brian has played in 19 games for the Coventry Blaze (EIHL) and has six points (0 goals 6 assists) as his team's record of 8-10-1 ranks them 7th out of 10 teams.

Corbin Baldwin (2012-2013): Corbin started the season with the Iowa Wild (AHL), was sent down to their CHL affiliate Quad City for one game and then was recalled back to Iowa. He scored a goal in the one game in Quad City but has not scored in the five games he has played for Iowa. Iowa is 10th in points in the 15 team Western Conference.

 Dave Bonk (2010-2011): Dave plays for the Nikko Ice Bucks in the Asian League and leads his team in scoring with 15 points (6 goals 9 assists) in 16 games. His team is 4-12 and ranks 7th in the eight team league.

Garrett Clarke: Garrett signed with the Arizona Sundogs (CHL) after being cut by the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) in training camp. He has played five games for Arizona, all against the Rapid City Rush and Arizona has lost all five games. Garrett scored a goal on his first shift as a Sundog but has not scored since. His team is in last place in the CHL with a record of 1-8-1.

The term 'rubber match' is an old one and usually refers to the final round or contest of a particular game, one that involves three rounds. The term can be traced back to a printing in 1599. There are some speculations as why the term 'rubber' was used, such as it being connected to the rubbing of two pieces of wood in the game of 'bowls', a form of lawn bowling, but there really isn't enough conclusive evidence to support it. The term has since assimilated into numerous sports.

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  1. For anyone interested, you can check out our adventures on Twitter @Americans_Fans and look for #FanClubRoadTrip or go to We're having a blast!