Last night at the Allen Event Center a crowd of 3883 got to see one of the most dramatic come from behind victories in Americans’ history, as the Allen defeated the Tulsa Oilers 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. The series now switches to Tulsa for games three and four on Friday and Saturday night.
– On the fourth Tulsa goal we had four veteran guys all make mistakes on the same play. We turned the puck over, we had guys out of position, we didn’t back each other up in the neutral zone, we forced the puck up the middle and ten seconds later it is in our net.
– Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes in a game that was a great comeback. It was a big character win for the guys and they have to feel really good about themselves. I noticed they weren’t complaining after we got down 4-0, nobody quit, they just went back to work and it was a story book ending.
– We are up 2-0 in the series and we will take tomorrow off and then get back at it in Tulsa on Friday and Saturday. We are leaving for Tulsa a day early rather than on game day so we will head up there tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
– I changed the goalie on that one power play to give Costello a little rest as he had been on the ice for probably 40 seconds. It worked out because he stayed on the ice the entire power play and then made that cross ice pass to Steffes as the power play expired.
– My plan is to rotate the goalies and give them both a chance to play and see where things go. Riley Gill will play on Friday.
– Congrats to Gary Steffes who scored his 50th goal of the season last night. Quite an accomplishment given he has never had more than 22 goals in a season going all the way back to his junior days in 2004-2005 with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.
It had to be a long ride home for the Tulsa team after having a 4-0 lead and not being able to closeout the game. It also diminished two great performances by Kevin Carr and Drew Fisher. Fisher scored the first three goals of the game on two power play goals and a breakaway for first period natural hat trick. Rookie goalie Carr was great in goal in a losing cause facing 56 Allen shots.
The post season awards continue as the Defensemen of the Year was announced yesterday and that went to Mike Little of the Florida Everblades. Congrats to Aaron Gens who was one of the five finalist for the award.
If you thought it would be a day off for Chad Costello with the defensemen being honored yesterday it was not to happen. The ECHL also announced yesterday the player of the month and you guessed it, Chad Costello got the honor for the second time this season. The Costello daily award show should get a break today as the the ECHL will announce Goaltender of the Year. The last and biggest post season award will be announced Friday when the ECHL will let everyone know who wins the Most Valuable Player Award. It just might be another Chad Costello awards day.
In the only other game last night the #1 seed in the Pacific Division, the Idaho Steelheads, had their hands full but came away with a 3-2 overtime win against the Utah Grizzlies to take a 1-0 lead in that series. Two more series kick off tonight with Wheeling at Toledo and Colorado at Ontario. The final four series will start on Friday.
DID YOU KNOW: Chris Valicevic, a defenseman from Mount Clemens, Michigan who played his college hockey at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota won the ECHL Defenseman of the Year award for four straight years from 1996-1999 playing for the Louisiana IceGators. He never missed a game in those four years and his point totals were 94,69,92 and 92.
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