Thursday, January 15, 2015

Allen Reaches #1 Overall, Individual & Team Statistical Leaders, Halfway Point Reflection

- Thanks to a Tulsa Oiler shootout victory over the Florida Everblades last night the Allen Americans have reached another milestone as they now have the highest winning percentage in the entire ECHL. It has been a four team competition for the lead for several weeks and the Americans wake up this morning on top. Here is how the four teams rank:

.803 - Allen Americans
.797 - Florida Everblades
.786 - Fort Wayne Komets
.781 - Toledo Walleye


With Allen being the second highest scoring team in the league and third in goals allowed they dominate many ECHL statistical categories. Will try to illustrate this below by listing the top three players on the team with their stat and then where they rank in the league in that stat:

Points - Combs 56 (#1), Costello 54 (#2), Steffes 32 (#21)
Goals - Combs 22 (#2), Steffes 21 (#3), Costello 17 (#10)
Assists - Costello 37 (#1), Combs 34 (#2), Gens 20 (#20)
Power Play Goals - Steffes 8 (#1), Schultz 6 (#2), Combs 4 (#21)
Power Play Assists - Combs 11 (#1), Costello 10 (#3), Gens 8 (#12)
Shorthanded Goals - Hanson 3 (#1), Five tied with one
Game Winning Goals - Combs 6 (#2), Hanson, Schultz, Steffes 4 (#6)
Penalty Minutes - Lyon 192 (#1), Gens 86 (#15), Clarke 82 (#17)
Plus/Minus - Costello +27 (#1), Combs +24 (#5), Trevor Ludwig +23 (#7)
Shots On Goal - Combs 135 (#3), Steffes 124 (#5), Costello 101 (#34)
Points By Defenseman - Gens 24 (#4), Young & Baker 22 (#8), Tyler Ludwig 21 (#13)
GAA - Gill 2.33 (#4)
Save Percentage - Gill .922 (#3)
Goalie Wins - Gill 19 (#2)


If you somehow combined all team statistics Allen would come out on top and for the first time all year, in the most important statistic which is win percentage, the Americans are now #1. Here is how the Americans rank in the 28 team ECHL in some of the statistical categories. The first number is Allen's number and the second number is how they rank in the ECHL.

Win Percentage - .803 (#1)
Points - 53 (#2) 
Average Goals For - 4.18 (#2)
Average Goals Against - 2.58 (#3)
Average Shot For - 33.61 (#2)
Average Shots Against - 29.45 (#15)
Power Play Percentage - 19.5% (#7)
Penalty Kill Percentage - 88.5% (#2)
Average Penalty Minutes - 22.70 (#1)
Win % When Scoring First - .900 (#4)
Season Winning Streak - 8 games (#1)
Home Winning Steak - 7 games (#2) (Allen has done this twice)
Team Plus/Minus -  +196 (#1)  *second place is at +166
Goal Differential -  +53 (#1)
Home Wins - 15 (#1)
Road Wins - 10 (#6)


- Congrats to the Tulsa Oilers who beat one of the best teams in the ECHL (Florida Everblades) last night in Florida by a score of 6-5 in a game that went to a shootout. The former CHL teams have struggled winning games outside the Central Division. With the Tulsa win last night the overall record is now 6-16, but the former CHL teams have won three of the last five games outside their division. Allen gets their chance next week with games against Indy, Toledo and Kalamazoo.

- Former Allen defenseman Dallas Ehrhardt, who signed with Missouri this year, was traded to the Rapid City Rush yesterday for defenseman Landon Oslanski. Would assume this trade was made by Missouri to add a defenseman who can play the point on the power play which Oslanski has done in Rapid City. Missouri has the worst power play percentage (9.7%) in the ECHL by a wide margin.

- Coach Martinson has mentioned on several occasions he has signed two forwards from Europe who will add depth to the team. They are from the Czech Republic and should arrive in Allen shortly. They are leading scorers on their team and good size guys  (6'2" 225 & 6'0" 205). Stay tuned for the official announcement from the Allen Americans.

- Many teams have already hit the halfway point of the season. For Allen it will be the Monday afternoon game against Missouri. It is hard to believe how the season has gone for these two teams. Allen has the best record in the ECHL while Missouri is struggling to get into a playoff spot. If you remember in the summer all of the talk was about how the hiring of Richard Matvichuk in Missouri  was going to really hurt the Americans and would put the Mavericks over the top and they would win a championship. Meanwhile many were saying Allen will struggle as most of the players from the championship team were going overseas or signing elsewhere. You can never overestimate the value of experience and success. Here is an excerpt from this blog on September 17, 2014 when the rumors about the CHL moving to the ECHL were rampant:

" The Allen Americans are so fortunate they have Steve Martinson as their coach through this transition as his eighteen years of head coaching experience (which  includes eight championships) will be put to the test. Martinson has coached in the CHL and ECHL and was also the head coach of the San Diego Gulls back in 2003 when the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) was absorbed by the ECHL. The first year in the ECHL Martinson coached the Gulls to a record of 49-13-0-10 which may still be a record for first year teams in the ECHL. Bottom line is there is not a better coach in the country with the experience to deal with what the Americans are about to go through."  

It is not how you start but how you finish and with half of the season still to be played you never know what will happen but you have to give Steve Martinson and the Allen Americans team an A+ for the first half.

DID YOU KNOW: The Allen Americans lead the ECHL with a .803 winning percentage. The highest winning percentage the Americans have ever finished the season with was .735 in 2010-2011.

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