Friday, March 21, 2014

St Charles vs Allen Preview, Apology to Ice Angels, Roster Changes, Best of Best Snubs, Lavoie

- If there were ever two games the Americans should and must win it would the two games against St. Charles this weekend. After all, St. Charles has won only one game since February 1st and that was a home game. That's right, the Chill are 1-16 since February 1st. However, that one victory was against Allen on March 8th so St. Charles comes to Allen knowing they can win the game. Hopefully there were some lessons learned in that 5-2 loss the Americans suffered at the hands of the Chill. Allen has a record of 5-1 against St. Charles this year.

- Allen may very well be playing shorthanded for the game tonight. Alex Lavoie will be in Austin playing for the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL), and Jon Zion will not play this weekend. From what I have seen at practice Garrett Klotz will probably play while Darryl Bootland will be a game time decision but is doubtful. Would also put Lukin in the doubtful category. If Klotz plays but Bootland and Lukin do not the Americans will be two skaters short at 14. Let's hope I am wrong on this.

- There are always changes to the roster at the end of the season and you can expect this year will not be any different. A key date for roster changes is next Wednesday as players must play in three games to be eligible for the playoffs. If coach Martinson is going to make any changes (my guess the answer to this question is yes) they will happen in the next five days.

- The news release the Oklahoma City Barons put out about Alex Lavoie was short and sweet. "The Oklahoma City Barons have signed forward Alex Lavoie to a professional tryout contract, Barons General Manager Bill Scott announced today. Lavoie played in one game earlier this season with Oklahoma City while on a PTO. Lavoie has appeared in 60 games for the Allen Americans this season, collecting 25 goals and 51 assists for a total of 76 points. He skated in OKC’s training camp this fall. Prior to turning pro, Lavoie played five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior League with Chicoutimi, Cape Breton and Rimouski." Lavoie will be wearing #17 for the Barons.

- With Alex Lavoie missing the game tonight the Americans will be down to three players that have played in every Allen game this year, Asuchak, Berube and Tetrault.

- When you look at team comparisons (posted below) Allen leads in every category from special teams to goals scored to goals allowed.

- St. Charles has been outscored in every period if you look at season totals by period. They have been outscored by 26 goals in the first period (40-66), 20 goals in the second period (55-75) and in the third period a whopping 51 goals (45-96).

Team Comparisons:
                                  Allen Americans            St. Charles Chill  
RESULT OF LAST GAME               WIN  6-3 vs WIC            LOSS  1-4 vs QDC   
GAMES PLAYED                      60                         60                 
RECORD                            35-20-5                    11-43-6            
POINTS                            75                         28                 
HOME RECORD                       17-8-3                     7-20-4             
AWAY RECORD                       18-12-2                    4-23-2             
SHO RECORD                        4-4                        3-5                
LAST 10 GAMES                     7-2-1                      1-8-1              
LAST 5 GAMES                      4-0-1                      1-4-0              
OCTOBER                           5-0-1                      1-3-1              
NOVEMBER                          7-6-0                      2-7-3              
DECEMBER                          5-4-1                      4-10-0             
JANUARY                           8-1-2                      3-8-1              
FEBRUARY                          5-7-0                      0-9-1              
MARCH                             5-2-1                      1-6-0                            
SCORING FIRST                     21-6-3                     5-11-1             
LEADING AFTER 1ST                 16-6-0                     2-6-1              
LEADING AFTER 2ND                 21-2-3                     5-6-3              
TIED AFTER 1ST                    10-4-3                     6-13-3             
TIED AFTER 2ND                    11-4-2                     4-7-0              
TRAILING AFTER 1ST                9-10-2                     3-24-2             
TRAILING AFTER 2ND                3-14-0                     2-30-3             
WHEN OUTSHOOTING OPPONENT         16-11-1                    2-12-3             
1 - GOAL GAMES                    13-3-5                     6-11-6             
GOALS FOR PER GAME                3.72                       2.40               
GOALS AGAINST PER GAME            3.30                       4.05               
SHOTS FOR PER GAME                33.15                      28.83              
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME            32.70                      33.75              
POWER PLAY RECORD                 62 - 307   20.2%           43 - 287   15.0%   
PENALTY KILLING RECORD            54 - 315   82.9%           58 - 299   80.6%   
SH GOALS FOR                      9                          7                  
SH GOALS AGAINST                  9                          7                  
PIM AVERAGE                       22.43                      18.30              

 - Leading scorers for Allen in the six previous games against St. Charles are Greger Hanson with eight points and Jamie Schaafsma with seven points.

- Nobody has pointed this out so it is time for self confession about the Best of the Best awards. I was wrong when mentioning the Ice Angels had won the dance team/cheerleader award for the last three years. They have dominated this category ever since finishing in second place their first year in 2009-2010. That's right, they have won for the last four years. Wow! I'll give all of them a hug and say I am sorry.

- At the other end of the spectrum are an individual and a group that have never finished in the top three in the Best of the Best awards over the last five years. Everyone sees the great job Lee Hastings does as the PA announcer every night during the game, between periods, and with the post game interview. The group is not as visible as Lee Hastings, but they do have a booth in the concourse at home games. This group does a lot of work behind the scenes supporting the team with their time and money. I am talking about the Allen Americans Fan Club. I have seen first hand the great work they do and they also have a super web site at It is difficult to believe Lee Hastings and the fan club have never been recognized in the Best of the Best voting. When you go by the fan club booth tonight or run into Lee Hastings let them know how much they are appreciated. And for those around the league that have not voted for Lee and the fan club all I can say is,  COME ON, MAN!

- If Allen is going to finish higher than fourth in the standings they will need some help from the teams playing Denver and Rapid City. Tonight that means cheering for Arizona who plays Denver and  Brampton who plays Rapid City.

Courtesy CHL Memes

Courtesy of CHL Memes

DID YOU KNOW: Alex Lavoie has had a dominating rookie year. He currently leads the rookie point race by by 21 points and has scored more points (76) than any rookie has scored since Allen entered the CHL five years ago. Here are the rookie point leaders by year.

2013-2014 -  76 points (Alex Lavoie)
2012-2013 -  61 points (Mike Hellyer)
2011-2012 -  66 points (Jared Brown)
2010-2011 -  52 points (Aaron Lewicki)
2009-2010 -  50 points (Ryan Garbutt)

1 comment:

  1. Kudos on recognition of Lee and Fan Club. Our organization does such a great job and we need to let them know we appreciate them, especially when outside recognition is lacking. I know it is their job, but when I hear and see the others when watching CHL TV, it is clear just how good our guys are. The only thing I would like to see improved is how we get the fans involved during the game. This is one of our weak points and need to improve. It is awesome how other teams, i.e. Wichita, Missouri, etc....have almost the entire arena cheering the same cheer. I know our drummers are trying, but I think this needs to be coordinated with our music director and Lee plus using the arena banner and/or the big screen.