Thursday, February 18, 2016

Getaway Day Update, Individual & Team Stats, Former Players Update, Great Story From the Past

It is getaway day for the Allen Americans as they prepare to take on the Missouri Mavericks tomorrow (Friday) night. The Americans will have practice this morning and then leave early this afternoon for the 470 mile trip to Independence, Missouri. Have heard some of the guys have been sick and one, Spencer Asuchak, will not be going to Missouri. There will be a complete game preview tomorrow, but to give you an idea of the task at hand for Allen is the fact that the Mavericks have a home record of 22-2 this season. Allen is 1-3 against Missouri with the only win coming way back on October 31 at the Allen Event Center. Since that early victory, the Mavericks have beaten the Americans three straight by scores of 4-1, 3-1 and 4-1. The Missouri goalie in all three of the Mavericks wins, Josh Robinson, who has not lost a game all season (25-0), was loaned to the Springfield Falcons (AHL) yesterday.

-Thought today would be a good day to to take a look at individual and teams statistics. The offensive struggles the team has been experiencing this season is certainly reflected in the statistics below.


- When you consider there are 28 teams in the ECHL, if a player is in the top fifteen in any statistical category that is quite impressive. Here are the top players in each category. The number in parentheses is the rank in the ECHL.

Points - Costello 69 (#1), Steffes 30 (#70), Hanson 29 (#78)
Goals - Costello 19 (#8), Crane 18 (#16), Steffes 15  (#38)
Assists - Costello 50 (#1), Hanson & Gens 17 (#101)
Power Play Goals - Costello & Steffes 6 (#13), Roy 5 (#24)
Power Play Assists - Costello 21 (#1),  Gens & Makowski 9 (#19)
Shorthanded Goals - seven players tied with one (#21)
Game Winning Goals - Costello, Roy, Makowski, Crane 3 (#24)
Penalty Minutes - Stevenson 83 (#35), Courtnall & Makowski 75 (#44)
Plus/Minus - Pinkston +8 (#87), Hanson +6 (#113)
Shots On Goal - Costello 141 (#18), Steffes 108 (#84), Crane 94 (#145)
Points By Defenseman - Roy 24 (#22), Gens 23 (#26), Makowski 22 (#29)

-  With the struggles the Americans have had generating shots and goals this year the difference in the stats compared to last year is dramatic.  Here is the same list as above from one year ago.

Points - Costello 85 (#1), Steffes 57 (#5), Combs 56 (#7)
Goals - Steffes 35 (#1), Costello 26 (#3), Combs 22 (#11)
Assists - Costello 59 (#1), Combs 34 (#7), Gens 29 (#22)
Power Play Goals - Steffes 14 (#1), Schultz 7 (#7), Tyler Ludwig 6 (#19)
Power Play Assists - Costello 20 (#1),  Gens 12 (#7), Combs 11 (#13)
Shorthanded Goals - Hanson 4 (#1), Six tied with one
Game Winning Goals -  Steffes 7 (#3), Combs 6 (#4), Hanson 5 (#(9)
Penalty Minutes - Lyon 256 (#1), Gens 166 (#9), Clarke 132 (#18)
Plus/Minus - Costello +30 (#2), Hanson & Steffes +25 (#4)
Shots On Goal - Steffes 186 (#5), Costello 167 (#9), Schaafsma 137 (#44)
Points By Defenseman - Gens 36 (#2), Baker 33 (#5), Young 32 (#7)



 Here is how the Americans currently 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 - .610 (#7)
Points - 61 (#5) 
Average Goals For - 3.04 (#8)
Average Goals Against - 2.82 (#14)
Average Shot For - 27.22 (#26)
Average Shots Against - 30.02 (#15)
Power Play Percentage - 21.9% (#2)
Penalty Kill Percentage - 86.7% (#3)
Average Penalty Minutes - 16.80 (#3)
Win % When Scoring First - .885 (#1)
Team Plus/Minus -  -26 (#15) 
Goal Differential -  +11 (#11)

- If you are interested in comparing here is the exact same information from one year ago.

Win Percentage - .745 (#1)
Points - 76 (#1) 
Average Goals For - 4.12 (#1)
Average Goals Against - 2.82 (#7)
Average Shot For - 32.84 (#2)
Average Shots Against - 30.00 (#18)
Power Play Percentage - 20.2% (#4)
Penalty Kill Percentage - 88.4% (#1)
Average Penalty Minutes - 23.00 (#2)
Win % When Scoring First - .839 (#7)
Longest Winning Streak - 9 games (#4)
Longest Home Winning Steak - 11 games (#1)
Team Plus/Minus -  +217 (#2) 
Goal Differential -  +66 (#2)

- When you compare year over year what sticks out is the big difference in  goals scored per game. The Americans scored an average of 4.12 goals per game last season compared to 3.04 this season. Defensively the stats are exactly the same allowing 2.82 goals per game both years.


- Peter Di Salvo got his first start for Adirondack on Tuesday since being traded by Allen earlier in the week. It was a rough night for Peter as Adirondack was shutout 4-0.

- It has also been a tough week for Tyler Barr who played 16 games with Allen last season. Barr was playing in his first game with the Louisiana IceGators (SPHL) on Sunday after serving a five game suspension for boarding. Barr was given a two minute penalty in the game for charging and then speared the player he knocked down under the chin while the player was on his knees. He was given a game misconduct and on Tuesday the SPHL suspended Barr for the remainder of the season (19 games) and the playoffs. The league had this to say about the suspension, "Mr. Barr's actions in this game, along with his previous history that has resulted in three other suspensions this season, show a continued lack of respect and complete disregard for the safety of his opponents. Here is one of many articles written about this incident which includes the video if you haven't already seen it on social  media.

- On a more pleasant note, former Allen captain and current Fort Wayne Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma had goals in back to back games last weekend for the first time all season. Jamie was the #1 star of the game on Saturday as the Komets beat Kalamazoo. Even though Fort Wayne is leading the Midwest Division they seem to fly under the radar when you hear talk about who are the best teams in the ECHL heading into the playoffs. The Komets have the third best goal differential in the ECHL (+35) and the best special teams in the league when you combine power play percentage with penalty kill percentage (110.8). They could make a deep run in the playoffs.

- According to Garrett Clarke has played in six games since signing in Europe with DVTK Jegesmedvek and has three points (1 goal 2 assists) to go along with 24 penalty minutes. His team finished the regular season in first place.

- Alex Lavoie had two goals for the Indy Fuel last night and was named the games #2 star as the Fuel beat Orlando 5-3. Alex set almost every Allen scoring record for rookies when he played for the Americans in 2013-14 and had 76 points (25 goals 51 assists). Alex is Indy's leading scorer this season.

DID YOU KNOW: You never know when something you include in the blog has wide spread appeal but three years ago today one of the most popular stories to ever appear in the blog was posted. It was written by George Darkow who interviewed then Tulsa coach Bruce Ramsay about playing in minor pro hockey. The story is still relevant today and reminds everyone about the dedication the players and coaches have to the game of hockey and how they play for the love of the sport and never give up the dream.


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