ALLEN, Texas – The Allen Americans are back home after spending the last 15 days and six games on the road, coming away with a record of 4-1-1-0. Their reward for completing the most extended road trip of the season is a 15-day six-game homestand that will go a long way in deciding their playoff fate.
– First up is the Tulsa Oilers on Wednesday night and it will be a playoff atmosphere at the Allen Event Center. The Americans are currently in fourth place in the division just two points ahead of fifth place Tulsa. The game on Wednesday is, in essence, a four-point game because if Allen wins they will be four points ahead of Tulsa and if they lose they will be tied with the Oilers.
– There will be a complete game preview tomorrow but a couple of facts about this last game of the season against Tulsa. Both teams have been playing good hockey recently, Allen is 6-3-1-0 in their last ten games and Tulsa is 6-2-0-2. The Oilers have been a good road team having earned points in 20 of their 33 road games.
– Even the most diehard Allen fans will need to pick up a lineup card as they enter the Allen Event Center Wednesday night. Goalie Jake Paterson (#39) has played two games in Allen and forward Thomas Frazee (#25) has played just one. Forwards Tristan King (#9), J.C. Campagna (#29), Alexandre Carrier (#33), and Tyler Poulsen (#77) all joined the team on the road.
– Just yesterday it was announced the Americans had signed forward Jared Bethune to an Amateur Tryout Contract. Jared just finished his junior career playing for the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League where he played for former Allen assistant coach Richard Matvichuk. Jared was the leading scorer on the team with 69 points (21 goals, 48 assists) and was an alternate captain. Bethune’s teammates in the four years he played for Prince George included Colby McAuley and Zach Pochiro. Here is the press release issued by the Prince George Cougars: http://pgcougars.com/article/bethune-obrien-sign-amateur-tryouts-in-the-echl
– I saw on social media yesterday that Garet Hunt, who plays for the Jacksonville Icemen, just moved into seventh place on the all-time games played list for the ECHL. Hunt played for years in Stockton until they moved to the AHL, then moved to Alaska until they folded and signed with Jacksonville this year. In addition to ranking seventh on the all-time games played list, Hunt is ranked second on the all-time ECHL penalty minutes list with 2383 and is just 42 penalty minutes from taking over the top spot. At 5-foot-9, Hunt may be the best pound for pound fighter in the history of the ECHL.
– Reading about Hunt’s ranking on the ECHL all-time list got me wondering about where Allen players rank on the all-time list for each category the ECHL tracks?
It has always been a little frustrating looking at all-time offensive categories because there was so much more scoring in hockey 20-30 years ago. Allen has only been around nine years, but many players that have played for the Americans have had long ECHL careers. It was fun looking up these stats, and I hope you enjoy the results. Here is the highest ranked player on the ECHL career all-time list who has played in Allen:
Games Played – Mathieu Aubin is ranked #7 all-time with 592 games played
Points – Casey Pierro-Zabotel is ranked #29 all-time with 494 points
Goals – Mathieu Aubin is ranked #28 all-time with 192 goals
Assists – Casey Pierro-Zabotel ranks #12 all-time with 348 assists
Penalty Minutes – Darryl Bootland ranks #16 all-time with 1417 penalty minutes
Points Per Game Average – Chad Costello ranks #12 all-time at 1.58 (100 game minimum)
Pierro-Zabotel turned 29 in November and can move way up the all-time list before he hangs up his skates. Casey is less than 100 points from breaking into the top 10 all-time in points. He is currently 12th all-time in assists but is only 43 assists away from being third all-time.
– The Allen Americans will be honoring the Ludwig family at the game on March 24th. Tyler and Trevor are a big part of Allen history winning three championships with the Americans. Their dad, Craig, was a minority owner of the team in 2012-13 and spent time on the ice working with the defensemen as the team won their first championship. It should be a fun night having the Ludwig’s back at the AEC. It will also be nice to see Taylor and Holly and hopefully all of the Ludwig kids. Tyler and Taylor have three girls while Trevor and Holly have a girl and a boy. Here are the details about the Ludwig night: https://allenamericans.com/americans-honor-first-family-hockey-dfw/
DID YOU KNOW: Chad Costello is ranked 18th on the ECHL all-time career assists list with 343 assists. The only reason Chad is ranked that low is because he has only played 309 games in the ECHL. He is the only player in the top 20 all-time that has more assists than games played.