Those who follow the Idaho Steelheads and Allen Americans know how both teams bring a physical brand of hockey to the rink almost every game. Coming into game one of the Mountain Division Semifinal, rough and tumble play was more than expected from both squads as the first playoff puck dropped Friday night in Boise.
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Steelheads and Allen Americans will square off in the Mountain Division Semifinals of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Sin Bin's C.C. Hawkley and Barry Janssen collaborated to give you a detailed preview of the series, including what it will take for these Western Conference squads to advance past round one.
ALLEN, Texas - You could sense the anticipation and urgency ramp up yesterday as the Allen Americans prepare for the 2018 Kelly Cup playoffs. You could see and sense it at practice with the drills and system work Steve Martinson employed.
ALLEN, Texas - The Allen Americans released their playoff roster last night. Allen was one of the teams that chose to release their playoff roster early.
ALLEN, Texas - After I saw the final score between Tulsa and Idaho last night (Tulsa lost 4-1) I started thinking about how Allen, Wichita, and Tulsa must feel as they squander opportunity after opportunity to win games and make the playoffs.
ALLEN, Texas - Nothing has come easy for the 2017-18 version of the Allen Americans so it is no surprise when they had the chance to put some distance between themselves and the other teams they are battling for a playoff spot, they came up short.
WICHITA, Kan. - To say Wichita and Allen have been locked in a tight battle all year is an understatement-and-a-half. Entering Tuesday's game, Allen had a slight lead in goals, Wichita had a scant lead in shots, both teams had been stout on the power-play, and each side will contend they won more fights during the season series.
ALLEN, Texas - It is game day and the Allen Americans are in Wichita to take on their biggest rival. It would be a big game under normal circumstances but these aren't normal circumstances since one of these teams might be playing golf next week, while the other is playing hockey.
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ALLEN, Tx. - Check out this photo gallery from The Sin Bin's Ed Bailey between the Wichita Thunder and the Allen Americans from the Allen Event Center.