It is hard to know where to start in a lopsided 8-1 win by the Allen Americans over the Brampton Beast last night before an enthusiastic Military Appreciation/Free Jersey Night crowd of 4750 at the Allen Event Center.
Guess the best place to start is at the beginning of the game when former Allen player Brett Lyon tried to start a fight at the opening puck drop and took an ill advised penalty to put the Americans on the power play. It took Allen less than a minute to score a power play goal and the Americans never looked back. By the time the onslaught was over Allen had tied their largest margin of victory all season (Allen beat Brampton 9-2 the first time they played back in November).
The goal scorers for Allen were Konrad Abeltshauser (2,3,4), Greger Hanson (25,26), Spencer Asuchak (12), Tanner Eberle (2) and Chad Costello (40).
There were so many highlights to this game it would take several pages to write about all of them so I’ll just provide a list.
- Allen out shot Brampton 39-19
- The seven goal margin of victory tied for the most all year
- Chad Costello had five points (1 goal 4 assists) including his 40th goal of the season (see more on Chad’s night below)
- Allen was 5-8 on the power play which may be an all time record
- Allen was perfect on the penalty kill not allowing a goal on four Brampton PP opportunities
- Defensemen Konrad Abeltshauser playing in just his third game for Allen had a hat trick
- Defenseman Kevin Young had four assists
- Aaron Gens had two assists and maintains his scoring lead (53 points) among all ECHL defensemen
- Defensemen accounted for nine points (3 goals 5 assists)
- Joel Rumpel saved 18 of 19 shots and lowered his GAA to 1.62 with save % of .917
- Greger Hanson had two goals which is the first time he has had a multi goal game since November
- Last night was the fourth time Allen had scored eight or more goals this season
STEVE MARTINSON’S POST GAME COMMENTS:
– It was obviously a great night for us tonight so there was a lot to like about the game but the special teams stood out. We had five power play goals and we had traffic in front and screens on most of them. That was good to see. The penalty kill unit was also good not allowing a power play goal.
– We were much better defensively though the lone goal Brampton scored was on a two on one.
– I liked that we had a lot of different players contributing tonight. Don’t forget Brampton went into Quad City and beat them on Wednesday.
– There are a lot of positives from this game which is what you want going into the playoffs.
– Rumpel played well in goal tonight. He is smart, quick and technically sound.
– After Brampton started Brett Lyon and he jumped Stevenson right at the opening puck drop I wasn’t about to cut them any slack.
– With the win last night Allen extended their streak of getting a least on point to eight games. The Americans record in those eight games is 6-0-1-1. Allen is back in the ECHL overall points race and is now second with 100 points just one point behind Toledo. Allen leads the Western Conference standings by two points over Idaho and the Americans have played one less game.
– Not sure who picked the three stars of the game last night and there were plenty of worthy candidates. It is not as easy as you might think when picking the three stars as it has to be done quickly and before the game is over so the information can get down to the ice for the post game activities with the stars.
Have to admit the first time I was asked to pick the three stars when on the radio with Tommy Daniels without the ability of studying all of the information in the box score I choked and Tommy had to bail me out. With that said Chad Costello should have been one of the three stars last night and probably the #1 star.
Here is the case:
- He scored his 40th goal of the season
- Collected five points in the game (1 goal 4 assists)
- Chad’s five points is tied for the second most points in a game all season in the ECHL
- Had four power play assists which is the most in the league all season
- Chad’s four assists were all primary assists
- Scored an assist of four of Allen’s first five goals.
With his five points last night Costello now has 118 points (40 goals 78 assists) and a 41 point lead in the ECHL scoring race. Chad has more points in a single season than any player since the 1997-1998 season when Jamey Hicks had 119 points. Chad is almost assured of passing the 119 mark and will end the season with more points than any player has scored in the ECHL in 20 years.
PLAYOFF RACE UPDATE:
In the Central Division playoff battle Tulsa beat Missouri and Quad City beat Rapid City last night. Here is how the four teams fighting for three playoff spots stand along with their remaining games:
Rapid City (80 pts) – Quad City (H), Allen (A), Allen (A)
Quad City (77 pts) – Rapid City (A), Tulsa (H)
Tulsa (75 pts)- Missouri (H), Wichita (A), Wichita (A), Quad City (A)
Wichita (70 pts)- Brampton (H), Tulsa (H), Tulsa (H), Allen (H)
Games tonight are Brampton at Wichita, Missouri at Tulsa and Quad City at Rapid City.
The military appreciation specialty jerseys were very popular based on the post game auction. With so many specialty jersey auctions recently there was some speculation the prices would be suppressed but that was not the case. Don’t have all of the results but here are some of those that went for the most money:
$1350 – Aaron Gens
$1200 – Joel Rumpel
$1100 – Tanner Eberle
$1000 – Chad Costello
$900 – Jamie Schaafsma
$850 – Spencer Asuchak
$800 – Trevor Ludwig
$800 – Konrad Abeltshauser
DID YOU KNOW: Chad Costello has more assists (78) this season than any other player in the ECHL has points.