*Please note while Barry's name remains at the bottom of this blog, he is on vacation and the information/views posted in his absence do not reflect Barry's views or the views of the Allen Americans organization.
There is no way to sugar coat what 5408 in attendance witnessed last night at the AEC. This game was no contest as a goal from Tulsa's Dan DeSalvo at the 1:01 minute mark of the first period put Tulsa on the board first, and was the first of 6. Allen would finally get a goal from good effort by Gary Steffes who received a great pass from Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Chad Costello at the 19:51 mark in the second period.
The biggest contest of the evening seemed to be who would get the most penalty minutes in which Allen came out on top! And those jerseys and socks! We thought they would make Tulsa dizzy, but we were the only ones spinning last night!
(photo courtesy of Dianne Webster)
The only fireworks for the Allen fans were those on the ice before the game and at intermission.
- Shots on goal were minimal again last night as Allen only put 5 to the net in the first, 4 in the third totalling only 20 for the game, C'MON MAN!
- The Oilers broke a 5 game losing streak with their first win in 18 days
- Adam Pleskach recorded a "hat trick" scoring his first goals of the season
- Allen goalie Riley Gill faced 26 shots on goal, and Joel Rumpel faced 6, Gill has now faced 60 shots in just over 4 1/2 periods
- Chad Costello's assist on the Steffes goal strengthened his league lead (15) for assists
- With the victory, Tulsa leads in games against Allen 3-2
Ian Shultz asking Tom Kroshus if he would like to dance!
(photo courtesy of scenebyKimberly.com)
Coach Martinson's Post Game Comment(s):
As you could imagine, Coach's comments were brief and to the point!
- "We got outplayed, plain and simple"
- As always, Allen must score early and take the momentum away from Tulsa
- Statistics are basically unchanged from last night's game except Tulsa's have improved
- As Barry always mentions - It is always nice to get beat at home if you do not have to wait long to do something about it. Allen has a chance to avenge their embarrassing loss in less than 24 hours.
- Referee for today's game is Jeremy Tufts
Did you know - Darryl Bootland, the player we love to hate, leads the ECHL in major penalties with 8, and is 2nd in overall penalty minutes with 72.