WICHITA, KS – The Allen Americans beat Wichita last night 3-1 before a big crowd of 6062 at Intrust Bank Arena. After three straight games that went to overtime/shootout, the Americans win a game in regulation time.
Allen would get on the scoreboard first when Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored his 10th goal of the season. Casey won a face off right back to Aaron Gens on the point who took a shot and Casey was at the net to put in the rebound.
Wichita would tie the score 1-1 at the 4:45 mark of the second period on a power play goal. It was the first power play goal Allen had allowed Wichita all season. The Americans had killed 19 straight penalties over five games. Wichita’s power play is now 1-22 (4.5%) on the season against the Americans.
The Americans boarded “Big Red” immediately following the game for the 360 mile trip back to Allen. They arrive home around 4:00 am and will be back on the ice for the third game against Wichita at 4:05 pm. Another weekend with three games in less than 48 hours.
– It has been quite a weekend thus far for Chris Crane. On Friday night he had two goals including a shorthanded goal and the game tying goal. Last night he had the game winning goal.
– Greger Hanson was the #1 star of the game and has had a big impact on the Allen offense. He had a goal and an assist in both games in Wichita and accounted for 16 of the 67 shots on goal taken by Allen in the two games. That is 24% of the team shots.
– A special thanks to Mike Holum for inviting me along with Lee Hastings, Paul Reichert and Jonathan Virning to join him in his recently acquired RV for a quick road trip to Wichita. It turned out to be a great game and the 720 mile trip provided for some great conversation. Arrived home at 4:00 am.
– The Americans have a chance to sweep Wichita this afternoon and win their third straight game. They have not had a three game win streak since early December. Wichita has played Allen tough at the Allen Event Center (AEC). Since joining the ECHL the Americans are 11-1-0-2 against the Thunder in games played in Wichita. However, Wichita has the edge at the AEC with a 5-4 record. Beware the trap game.
– Here are the updated stats with last night’s game included:
|Team Record||23-14-2-1 (49 points)||9-24-4-4 (26 points)|
|Division Ranking||2nd – Central||4th – Central|
|Power Play||21.7% (34/157)||9.3% (15/161)|
|Penalty Kill||85.4% (23/158)||83.2% (32/190)|
|Leading Scorer||Costello (15-43-58)||Lowe (7-14-21)|
– Here is how Allen and Wichita rank in the ECHL in some statistical categories:
Penalty Minutes Per Game: Allen 3rd (17.10) – Wichita 10th (14.83)
Goals Scored Per Game: Allen 9th (2.95) – Wichita 28th (1.95)
Goals Allowed Per Game: Allen 15th (2.83) – Wichita 27th (3.41)
Shots For Per Game: Allen 25th (27.83) – Wichita 27th (26.39)
Shots Against Per Game: Allen 15th (30.23) – Wichita 19th (30.80)
Power Play Percentage: Allen 2nd (21.7%) – Wichita 28th (9.3%)
Penalty Kill Percentage: Allen 9th (85.4%) – Wichita 18th (83.2%)
– Allen is now 6-0 against Wichita this year and they will play seven more times. Here are the cumulative totals for the six head to head games:
|Power Play||8-30 (26.7%)||1-22 (4.5%)|
– Even though last night was the first time in six games Allen didn’t score a power play goal against Wichita and it was the first time the Thunder had scored a power play goal against Allen, the Americans have a huge advantage on special teams. They need to use that to their favor this afternoon.
– Officials scheduled for the game are referee Andy Howard (#2) and linesmen Rick Rivera (#59) and Eric Contino (#92). Howard was the referee in Wichita last night so just like the players, he is going to be tired.