It is practice day for the Allen Americans as they get ready to leave tomorrow for the longest road trip of the year. They will be gone twelve days and play just five games. Allen will take on Quad City Friday and Saturday and then travel to Rapid City for three games next week (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday) before arriving back in Allen March 15.
– The Americans will have some down time between games and practices so you might expect to see some pictures of the famous haunted hotel where they stay in Quad City and with two days between games in Rapid City will almost guarantee a group picture at Mount Rushmore.
– Should be able to find out at practice today what the roster will look like for the road trip. Tyler Ludwig and Garrett Clarke are currently on reserve. Tyler’s wife is about to give birth to their second child so he will not be on the bus tomorrow. Clarke has an upper body injury that kept him out of the last game but would assume he will be on the trip.
– The two games with Quad City are very important to the Mallards as they have put a little bit of space (five points) between themselves and the others for second place in the Central Division. So you have two games between the first and second place teams in the division which should make for some good hockey. Add in the fact that the Mallards gave up four unanswered goals to Allen in a 4-2 loss last Wednesday along with some hard feelings on the part of both teams from that game and you have a recipe for some excitement. Allen may be looking to even the score for what they saw as a sucker punch thrown by Paxton Leroux which injured Garrett Clarke. Quad City may be looking to even the score for what they saw as Riley Gill repeatedly shoving Mario Lamoureux’s head into the ice and only getting a minor penalty. You can bet neither team has forgotten these incidents. The only question is will what happened last Wednesday carryover into the upcoming series?- Saw this quote in a preview story written by Bobby Metcalf of the Quad-City Times about the upcoming weekend Allen vs Quad City series. It is high praise for Chad Costello which every team in the league must agree with at this point. Bobby’s preview said, “It is not about shutting down Chad Costello, that has proven more than difficult for the entire league. It’s about limiting the damage Costello does while shutting down the rest of the high powered Allen team.”- It didn’t take long for Jack Combs to get on an “Thunder Roll” in Stockton. Jack didn’t score in his first game for the Stockton Thunder, had a goal in his second game and broke out big time in his third game which was last night. Stockton beat Utah 4-2 and Combs assisted on all four goals. With the four points Jack leap frogged a bunch of players and is in third place in the ECHL scoring race. When you go to the ECHL stats page the top three scorers are listed on the top of the page. Nice to see Jack back on that list.
– You would normally be worried about how your favorite team will perform heading out on a five game road trip but in Allen’s case they have lost six in a row at home and won five in a row on the road. The Americans have fewer regulation road losses (five) than any team in the ECHL.
DID YOU KNOW: Chad Costello has already broken the Allen Americans single season record for assists which was held by Colton Yellow Horn who had 55 assists in 2010-2011. Chad currently has 63 assists and is on pace to finish the season with 84 assists which would place him in the top five all time in the ECHL. Dan Gauthier holds the ECHL record for assists at 94 which he set in 1990-1991 playing for Knoxville. The single season assist record that will never be broken is the NHL assist record held by Wayne Gretzky. In the 1985-1986 season Gretzky had 163 assists in 80 games.