- Here are the combined numbers in the 11 previous meetings between Allen and Wichita. The numbers show just how evenly matched these teams have been this season.
Goals - Allen leads 35-32
Shots - Wichita leads 364-363
Power Play - Allen leads 22.9% (8-38) to 17.1% (7-41)
Penalty Infractions - Allen leads 68-65
Penalty Minutes - Allen leads 215-197
Here are the updated stats between Allen and Wichita:
Team Record 34-27-6-2 (76 points) 33-28-6-2 (74 points)
Division Ranking 3rd - Mountain 4th - Mountain
Conference Ranking 6th - Western 8th - Western
League Ranking 13th 16th
Last Game 5-4 Win (Colorado) 3-2 Loss (Tulsa)
Goals For 227 215
Goals Against 222 222
Power Play 17.3% (51/295) 14.9% (35/235)
Penalty Kill 81.5% (56/302) 80.4% (52/265)
Most PIM Moore (214) Stevenson (163)
Leading Scorers: Pierro-Zabotel (19-50-69) Cuddemi (30-30-60)
- Here is how Allen and Wichita rank in the ECHL in some statistical categories:
Penalty Minutes Per Game: Allen 1st (20.22) - Wichita 14th (14.48)
Goals Scored Per Game: Allen 10th (3.29) - Wichita 13th (3.12)
Goals Allowed Per Game: Allen 16th (3.22) - Wichita 16th (3.22)
Shots For Per Game: Allen 20th (30.91) - Wichita 18th (31.36)
Shots Against Per Game: Allen 23rd (36.09) - Wichita 20th (33.59)
Power Play Percentage: Allen 13th (17.3%) - Wichita 22nd (14.9%)
Home Power Play %: Allen 11th (18.8%) - Wichita 20th (15.0%)
Road Power Play %: Allen 15th (15.9%) - Wichita 19th (14.8%)
Penalty Kill Percentage: Allen 20th (81.5%) - Wichita 22nd (80.4%)
Home Penalty Kill %: Allen 12th (84.3%) - Wichita 21st (80.9%)
Road Penalty Kill %: Allen 25th (78.5%) - Wichita 20th (79.9%)
- You have to believe special teams will play a big role in the game tonight. Allen has struggled with an inconsistent power play for a couple of months but their penalty kill has been much improved. Wichita's power play is ranked #22 in the league and their penalty kill is ranked #22. I decided to take a look at the last five games for both teams to see how the special teams have been performing recently and the stats are quite telling. Allen has a power play goal in four of the last five games going 4-16 (25%) and has given up a power goal in only one of the last five games for a penalty kill percentage of 88.2% (2-18). Wichita has a power play goal in two of their last five games going 2-18 (11.1%) and has given up a power play goal in four of the last five games for a penalty kill percentage of 68.0% (8-25). Advantage Allen.
- Tristan King and Zach Hall did not make the trip to Wichita but as promised after the Colorado game on Saturday coach Martinson has added a player to the roster. An announcement from the team will be out sometime today. Look for Jake Patterson to get the start in goal for the Americans. Jake was in goal last Wednesday when Allen beat Wichita 4-1 and he stopped 32 of 33 shots for a save percentage of .970. Since joining the Americans a month ago Paterson's record is 8-2-1-0 with a GAA of 2.82 and a save percentage of .917.
- Here are a few other stats to consider going into the game tonight. Scoring first is usually a huge advantage but in five of the 11 games Allen and Wichita have played this season the team that scored first lost the game. None of the 11 games these teams have played has gone to overtime. Allen has won their last two games while Wichita has lost their last six.
- Wichita has a home record of 20-12-2-1. Allen's road record is 16-17-1-1. In their last 10 games Allen's record is 5-3-2-0 and Wichita's is 3-5-2-0.
- Allen has an edge in shooting percentage 10.5% to 9.9%.
- Officials scheduled for the game are referee Sean MacFarlane (#4) and linesmen Addison Brush (#80) and Chuck Schamel (#97).
- Allen and Wichita got some help last night as Kansas City beat Tulsa 6-3. The standings now have Allen in third place (76 points), Wichita in fourth place (74 points) and Tulsa in fifth place (73 points). They all have three games remaining. Here is the schedule.
Tuesday, Wichita (away)
Friday, Idaho ( home)
Saturday, Idaho (home)
Tuesday, Allen (home)
Friday, Colorado (away)
Saturday, Colorado (away)
Wednesday, Idaho (home)
Friday, Rapid City (home)
Saturday, Rapid City (home)
- It is looking more likely each day that tiebreakers will be needed to determine who makes the playoffs between Allen, Wichita and Tulsa. Here is how the tiebreakers look with three game remaining.
1st tiebreaker (wins minus shootout wins)
32 - Wichita
31 - Allen
31 - Tulsa
2nd tiebreaker (goal differential)
- The Central Division is just as tight as the Mountain Division with Kalamazoo, Indy and Kansas City battling for the final playoff spot. Just one point separates the three teams. Kansas City had a big win at home against Tulsa last night. They will need a similar effort tonight when they host Indy.
- Here is the ECHL Today which gives the details on the three games on tap tonight as well as a Kelly Cup playoff update: https://www.echl.com/echl-today-april-3-2018
DID YOU KNOW: Peter MacArthur had a season ending injury on December 22 and is at home in San Antonio rehabbing from his shoulder surgery. Did you know Peter works for a company called Coast 2 Coast Player Development which is a full service company that helps aspiring hockey players with services including mentoring, advice, placement services, nutrition recommendations and hockey specific workout programs. I came across the information below on the the Coast 2 Coast twitter page and it struck me as inspiring for any hockey player but also for life in general. If you want more information about their hockey development programs you can get it at their website: http://www.coast2coastpd.com/
Many years ago, an experiment was conducted where children were offered a marshmallow to eat, but if they were willing to wait just 15 minutes they could have two marshmallows instead.
The researchers were trying to determine if the willingness to delay pleasure had any effect on future success.
The experiment involved following up with these same children many years later.
The result was that the kids who were willing to hold off for the bigger reward were far more successful later in life as measured by SAT scores, their body mass, and level of wealth.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, I got a difficult phone call this week about a young player we work with.
After many doors to a successful future in hockey had been closed to him, this player came to us for help.
We were able to help secure him an opportunity to attend a Junior camp in a highly respected junior league.
When the camp ended, the coaching staff let us know that he basically had made the team, but that his compete level was suspect and that if that trend continued, his spot on the team would be in jeopardy.
After receiving that feedback from the coaching staff, we took pains to let this player know exactly where he stood.
We explained very clearly that he needed to be the hardest working player out there and that he needed to be doing everything that was expected on and off the ice.
He knew he was under the microscope.
He knew he was under the microscope.
A week and a half later, the coach called...“I hate to have to tell you this but we have to let him go.”
You see, this young man was a special project for us.
We did a lot of research on him and what we learned is he has had a bit of a difficult upbringing and has had some off-ice issues.
He’s a junior aged player that never graduated from high school.
One thing he does have is exceptional talent. That has never been in dispute.
In fact, another player we work with that knows him said to me, “I train in the off season with a bunch of guys that play pro in the East Coast Hockey League. He is better than all of them.”
Another coach told us, “he has NHL potential.”
This young man initially came to us looking for help to reach his potential and to get him to the next level.
Before we ever agreed to help him, while meeting with him for many hours, we sat and went over every bit of his history.
There were many justifications for why he hadn’t reached the level he was capable of playing at.