Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lavoie Promoted to AHL, Odd Night In CHL, & Team Leaders

- Alex Lavoie got an early birthday present (he turns 21 today) as the Allen Americans rookie was loaned to the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) and played his first AHL game last night as the Barons defeated Abbotsford 4-1. Lavoie had two shots on goal. The Baron's next game is Tuesday in San Antonio.
Alex Lavoie get first call up to AHL - Photo by

- With a break in the action until Friday when Allen takes on Tulsa thought is was a good time to share the team statistical leaders. The regular season is 19.7% complete at this point.
Points - Alex Lavoie (16)
Goals - Jonathan Lessard (8)
Assists - Alex Lavoie (11)
Plus/Minus - Tyler Ludwig (+5)
Penalty Minutes - Garrett Klotz (33)
Power Play Goals - Jonathan Lessard (3)
Power Play Assists - Alex Lavoie (5)
Shorthanded Goals - Spencer Asuchak (2)
Game Winning Goals - Kale Kerbashian & Alex Lavoie (2)
Shots - Jonathan Lessard (60)
Shooting Percentage - Phil Fox (.333) in only 3 games & Mike Berube (.200)
Goals Against Average - Bryan Pitton (2.55)
Save Percentage - Bryan Pitton (.920)

- In somewhat of an oddity all four games in the CHL last night ended up with the same score of 3-2 and the home team lost all four games. In the most anticipated game of the night  Missouri scored the first three goals of the game and went into the third period with a 3-0 lead but had to hold off a Rapid City comeback. Missouri skated without blueliner Dave Pszenyczny, suspended three games by the league for a blow to the head of Rush forward Konrad Reeder on Friday night. It is the second three game suspension for Pszenyczny this season. While the Mavericks and Rush split the two games this weekend maybe a more telling statistic is shots on goal where Rapid City out shot Missouri 92-64 in the two games.

- Arizona beat St. Charles (3-2) last night which was Arizona's third straight road game victory. They now head home for a five game home-stand including three games with Allen over Thanksgiving. The loss for St. Charles was their fourth in a row and they have now lost six of their last seven games. The Chill waived two of their best players this week (Chad Costello & Kyle Kraemer) who are rumored to be heading to the ECHL. To make matters worse the team is not drawing at the box office having averaged only 1809 fans per game thus far (7 games).

- In an effort to get more fans at the games the Chill recently announced they have unveiled a new pricing structure in which tickets start as low as five dollars. All upper level seating (Bronze level) for the remainder of the season will be general admission and only five dollars per ticket. The Chill has also simplified their pricing structure in the lower bowl to two price levels. The first seven rows including glass seats and the center ice sections (Diamond level) are just $20 per ticket and rows eight and above (Platinum level) are $15. Not sure if this is marketing genius or desperation as these are drastic price reductions from the start of the season. Wonder if the season ticket holders are getting a refund?

- Tulsa's overtime win last night (3-2) in Wichita is another indication how the Oilers have turned things around. Tulsa started the season 0-7 but in the last seven games have gone 6-1. Todd Robinson assisted in all three goals last night and was named the #1 star of the game.

DID YOU KNOW: Daniel Tetrault with 530 games ranks 21st all time in the number of games played in the CHL. There are two active players ahead of him as Scott Wray (Rapid City) ranks 6th all time with 698 games and Sebastien Thinel ranks 7th with 643 games. The all time leader in games played is Travis Clayton with 880. Clayton played in the CHL from 1997-2011 and won the championship with Bossier-Shreveport in his last season. He played many years for the Wichita Thunder and has his number (38) retired in Wichita.

1 comment:

  1. That is great for Lavoie although we will miss him. We need to have our act together against Tulsa, as I never thought they were a sleeper team although they lost to us. Time will tell!