Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans started off their week facing the Missouri Mavericks on Monday afternoon. They ended their week by playing three straight on the road in three different states. The Americans opened against the Indy Fuel on Friday night, then traveled 200 miles north to take on the Toledo Walleye, and finally arriving in Michigan to finish with the Kalamazoo Wings on Sunday afternoon.


Last Week’s Record:  2-1-1

Overall record:  29-6-2-2, – 1st in the ECHL Central Division


— Last Week’s Games —


Monday, January 19th vs. Missouri – 5-2 Win

Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans defeated the Missouri Mavericks for the 7th straight time this season, taking a 5-2 win on Monday afternoon. Chad Costello netted his 19th and 20th goals on the season and finished with three points. Costello assisted on Justin Baker’s 7th goal of the year in the win. Gary Steffes scored number 24 of the season to regain the top spot in the ECHL in goals scored. Josef Fojtik scored his first of the year, and first in an Americans sweater. The Missouri Mavericks scored on a shorthanded penalty shot by Jared Brown, while Riley Grantham scored his first of the year, but it was not enough to propel them to a victory.


Friday, January 23rd @ Indianapolis – 4-1 Loss

Indianapolis, Indiana – Gary Steffes scored his 25th of the season, the lone goal of the night, in a 4-1 loss to the Indy Fuel on Friday evening. This was the first game of a three game Midwest road trip, and the first and only meeting between the two teams in the regular season.


Saturday, January 24th @ Toledo – 3-1 Win

Toledo, Ohio – The Allen Americans would come from behind to win it 3-1 in Toledo on Saturdaynight. Kyle Rogers put the Walleye ahead early, but the Americans would score three straight from Jamie Schaafsma, Gary Steffes and Rylan Schwartz, who added an empty net goal, his 6th of the season, late in the third period to secure the win.


Sunday, January 25th @ Kalamazoo – 4-3 OT Loss

Kalamazoo, Michigan – Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period, the Americans fell in overtime 4-3 to the Kalamazoo Wings in their final road game of the weekend. Chad Costello earned three points (1g, 2a) and the 3rd Star of the night. Ian Schultz scored his 17th goal of the season, while Kevin Young had a goal and an assist. The Wings tied it up with 26 seconds left in regulation to take the match into overt time. Zach McCullough scored two minutes and eleven seconds into the extra time, making it the 4th unanswered goal of the night, sealing Kalamazoo’s victory.


— Team Leaders –


Goals – Gary Steffes (26) Leads the ECHL

Assists – Chad Costello (45) Leads the ECHL

Points – Chad Costello (66) Leads the ECHL

Power Play Goals – Gary Steffes (10) leads the ECHL. Ian Schultz (8) is second in the ECHL

Power Play Assists – Chad Costello (14) Leads the ECHL

Shorthanded Goals –Greger Hanson (3) tied for second in the ECHL

Shorthanded Assists – y Austin Smith (2)

Game Winning Goals – x Jack Combs (6) Tied for second in the ECHL. Gary Steffes (5) tied for third

First Goal – Gary Steffes (4)

Penalty Minutes – Brett Lyon (214) Leads the ECHL

Plus/Minus – Chad Costello (+28) third in the ECHL

Shots on Goal – Gary Steffes (145) fourth in the ECHL

Save Percentage – Riley Gill (0.918) fifth in the ECHL

Insurance Goals – Gary Steffes (6) Leads the ECHL

Goalie Wins – Riley Gill (20) Second in the ECHL

Goals Against Average – (2.40) fifth overall in the league.

x- Not currently on roster       y- No longer with team


— Upcoming Games —


Thursday, January 29th vs. Rapid City Rush 7:05 PM CST

Location:  Allen Event Center – Allen, Texas

Broadcast Info:  Streaming Hot 107.3 FM,


Friday, January 30th vs. Rapid City Rush 7:05 PM CST

Location:  Allen Event Center – Allen, Texas

Broadcast Info:  Streaming Hot 107.3 FM,


Matchup – The Allen Americans will play back to back home games against the Central Division this week, with two against the Rapid City Rush on Thursday and Friday. Allen is coming off a long weekend on the road, where they finished 1-1-1.


— About the Americans —


1) Josef Fojtik scored his first goal of the season and first in an Americans sweater in Monday afternoon’s win over Missouri.

2) The Americans have the best home record in the ECHL at 18-2-1-0.

3) Chad Costello leads the ECHL with 66 points. (21g, 45a)

4) Brett Lyon leads the ECHL with 214 penalty minutes.

5) Chad Costello is third in the ECHL with a plus 28.

6) Gary Steffes had his four game goal streak snapped on Sunday afternoon in Kalamazoo.

7) Gary Steffes leads the league with 26 goals.

8 The Allen Americans are 7-0 against Missouri this season.

9) Ian Schultz has achieved career highs in both goals and assists (17 goals, 17 assists)

10) The Allen Americans lead the ECHL with 164 goals scored.

11) The Americans have an 18 game home point streak


About the ECHL

The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.


By | 2015-01-27T16:58:53-06:00 January 27th, 2015|