Thursday, April 20, 2017

Allen Wins, Takes 2-1 Series Lead, Martinson Comments, Video Highlights & Sharks Organization Finds Success at All Levels

The Allen Americans beat the Utah Grizzlies 4-2 last night to take a 2-1 series lead and reclaim home ice advantage. Allen tallied the only goal of the first period, relinquished the lead allowing two Utah goals in the second period and won the game with three unanswered goals in the third period.

- It was a penalty filled game with a total of 15 power play opportunities. Utah's Tim Daly was given a game misconduct for spearing and in a separate incident Allen's Bryan Moore was given a match penalty for high sticking. Neither of these penalties come with automatic suspensions but both come with the ominous phrase, "supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion" so it remains to be seen if additional discipline will be forthcoming.

- Allen won the special teams battle as they went 2-7 on the power play while holding the Grizzlies to 1-8. The Americans also scored an empty net shorthanded goal with six seconds remaining in the game.

- Allen delivered on two keys to the game. They scored first and that has been magic this season as the Americans have won over 90% of the games when they score first. In this series the team that has scored first has won all three games. The other key to the game was winning the special teams battle which Allen accomplished. Just like scoring first, the team with the most power play goals has won each of the first three games.

- Goal scorers for Allen were Bryan Moore (2), Zach Hall (1), Greger Hanson (1) and Spencer Asuchak (1). You can see all of the goals, many great saves by both goalies, some big checks and a couple of the penalties including the high sticking match penalty on Bryan Moore at ECHL Rewind. Here is the link:

- Here is the complete game recap from the Allen Americans:

- I had a chance to touch base with coach Martinson after the game and get his take on the win. Here is what he had to say, "It was a tough night for special teams. We need to do a better job to zero in on our scoring chances. I can't remember a team that flails and falls as much as Utah. While they are falling they still manage to look at the referee to see if he is buying their dives. It is not playoff hockey. Playoff hockey is supposed to be a battle of physicality, skill and will."

- The teams have the day off today before the series resumes tomorrow (Friday) with a 8:05 pm puck drop Allen time. Game five is also in Utah on Saturday night.


- In other playoff action last night Kalamazoo beat Toledo 8-5 to tie the series 2-2, Fort Wayne beat Quad City 4-3 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 series lead and Colorado won in Idaho 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in that series.

- There are three ECHL playoff games tonight. Manchester is at Aditondack (Manchester leads the series 2-1), Florida is at Orlando (Orlando leads the series 2-0)  and Reading is at Brampton (Brampton leads the series 2-1).

- Steve Martinson talks frequently about the affiliation he has with the San Jose Sharks and Barracuda and says it is the best affiliation he has ever had. Affiliations can be good or bad and it is clear Allen's is one that benefits all three teams. It means you look after the interest of each other, not just yourself. It is easier to say than to do. Here is a story about the affiliation titled, "Sharks Organization Finding Success at All Levels" that describes what the relationship means up and down the line.

DID YOU KNOW: Past isn't prologue but game four has been critical to Allen in their four straight championships. Playing almost all game fours on the road over the last four years Allen has a record of 10-4. 


  1. Nice little article about the Sharks organization!

  2. I did not watch last nights game but I heard it on Mixlr. It sounded like the most undisciplined game we have had this year. The Americans really need to not be selfish and play for the team. Quit going to the penalty box, especially with 1 minute left in the game and you are up 1!

  3. I think the Grizzlies have hired an acting coach...the way their players act when one of our guys just brushes up against them is almost Oscar worthy. I have never seen such acting on skates...

    1. Things like this happen when your team plays against one of the most penalized team in the League.

  4. Was fortunate enough to watch last night on echl tv. The Americans play last night matched the level of sloppiness that the Utah camera man had for the game, terrible. Was Utah trying to ham it up and do some acting? Absolutely. However, it was still avoidable since the refs made it pretty clear from the get go that they were going to call some pretty soft penalties. While I agree that it is playoff hockey and the refs should let the players play, it was pretty clear they were calling both teams for minor penalties so I'm not sure why the Americans continued to pile it on in the 2nd and didn't adjust. The refs weren't wrong or biased on their calls, both teams had their chances. A good chunk of the penalties for both sides were retaliatory anyways.

    To be honest, I'd be quite pissed if I was Riley Gill, who had to spend nearly half the 2nd period on the penalty kill. I hope he has some words with his defenders. This level of play might get us past Utah, but it will doom us against a more skilled team in Colorado or Idaho.

    1. That is the key thing, players have to Adjust. The refs are calling it tight so learn from that and quit retaliating.

  5. Discipline was lacking. Coach needs to get control of his team and make sure they keep cool heads. I'd say there were a good 9 (2 + 2 + 5) minutes of penalty kill time that was not necessary because players decided to retaliate or the player made a bad decision.

  6. Hope Moore gets suspended a nice long while. We have enough scorers - We need to keep the smarter ones - he might be skilled but he wasn't blessed with brains...

  7. So Moore gets suspended for 4 games then why didn't Utah's Tim Daly get suspended for the spearing infraction? As I recall one of our players (I think Brittain) got suspended for spearing a few weeks ago.