ALLEN, TX – The Allen Americans lost to the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-3 yesterday afternoon before a MLK afternoon crowd of 4193 that included lots of kids cheering on the team.
It was the second uncharacteristic loss for a Steve Martinson coached team in as many days. Once again the Americans jumped out to 2-0 first period lead on goals by David Makowski (7) and Chris Crane (7) only to squander it away. Cincinnati took a 3-2 lead midway through the second period but Allen was able to tie the game 3-3 on a power play goal by Chad Costello (15). Neither team scored in the third period so the game went to overtime. Cincinnati’s Brandon Gracal scored the game winner at the 2:29 mark of overtime.
– The good news is Allen came away with four points despite losing two of three games to the Cyclones over the weekend. The bad news is Allen lost two of three games at home to a team that had lost seven of their last nine games.
– The games on Sunday and Monday were eerily similar. It was the same officiating crew, Allen got off to a great start (2-0) lead, they coughed up the lead, neither game was settled in regulation time, Cincinnati won both games, and the final score was 4-3 both days.
– Cincinnati out shot Allen 31-20 and seemed to have more puck possession as the game progressed. In the third period and overtime the Cyclones out shot Allen 17-6.
– The Americans don’t play again until next weekend when the have another grueling three games in three days which includes travel. All three games are against the Wichita Thunder. They play in Wichita on Friday and Saturday and in Allen on Sunday.
STEVE MARTINSON’S POST GAME COMMENTS:
– That ending was disappointing. We lost a battle on the wall, a second guy steps up and he gets beat. Their guy beats two guys and walks into the slot and scores.
– I thought a critical part of the game was the five on three power play goal in the first period after we had taken a 2-0 lead. The first penalty wasn’t a penalty at all from what I saw as the guy just spun around and fell down. And then the slashing penalty was a soft call. But I talk to players all the time about avoiding stick penalties in those situations.
– When we aren’t scoring goals as has been the case recently we have to make sure if we get three goals it is enough to win the game. We can’t make the defensive mistakes we are making if we expect to win.
– I thought Hanson played well even though he didn’t score. He hasn’t skated for a few days, hasn’t played in a game for a while and and had a long day just getting to Allen. He will help create more offense but it might take a few games for him to get going.
– I think our line up is a couple of players away from putting a bunch of wins together. But right now we need to do the best we can with the line up we have.
– I will start working tonight on bringing in another goalie. I expect Gill to be out for around three weeks. I will have to see what is out there for goalies. Usually some goalies become available after the weekend because they have been signed as emergency backups.
– It was quite an effort for Greger Hanson just to make it to Allen to play in the game yesterday. Up at 4:00 am to catch a flight, arrive in Dallas at 11:45, arrive at the rink at 12:55, get dressed and jump on the ice. It is great to have him back!
– The Americans have now past the halfway point of the season having played 38 of 72 games. Thought is would be interesting to look at a couple of key statistics to see how the team is doing this season compared to last season after 38 games.
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It is easy to see why Allen has 16 fewer points than last year after 38 games. They have taken 201 fewer shots, scored 63 fewer goals and allowed 12 more goals than last season. They will need some significant improvement if they are to make a deep run in the playoffs this year.
– It was a big day yesterday for a couple of former Allen players. Kale Kerbashian, who now plays for Wichita, score both Thunder goals in a losing cause as they were defeated by Utah 3-2 in overtime. Jack Combs scored two goals to lead Hartford (AHL) to a 3-2 overtime win over Providence.
– Garrett Clarke is headed to Europe to finish the hockey season. He has signed to play in the MOL Liga which is a nine team league for clubs based in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.. Clarke will be playing for DVTK Jegesmedvek which is from the northeastern Hungary industrial town of Miskolc. One of his teammates and leading scorer on the team is Jon Booras who played in Tulsa last season. The team is currently in first place.
DID YOU KNOW: Allen just finished a rare (they have just two all season) five game home stand and were 2-3. Exactly one year ago today they were also finishing a rare five game home stand and went 5-0.