Last week was a difficult one for the Americans losing four straight games by scores of 7-5, 6-2, 7-4 and 2-1. Leading scorer Ryan Lohin and goalie Antoine Bibeau were recalled to the AHL, second leading scorer Jack Combs landed on injured reserve after an uncalled slash, Dawson Butt and Darian Skeoch were suspended and the Americans gave up their sixth shorthanded goal, twice as many as they allowed in 72 games last season. You would have to call it a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

 

– This week has started on a more positive note with two roster moves ahead of the team’s road trip to Rapid City. Antoine Bibeau has been reassigned back to Allen and yesterday coach Martinson made a trade. The Americans traded forward Jackson Leef to Greenville for rookie forward Gavin Gould. Looking at the roster of both teams, the Swamp Rabbits added size to their  forward group that has a lot of smaller players and the Americans added some speed and quickness. Gould is listed as 5’8″ and 160 pounds in the Allen press release on the trade. Here is a link to the press release:   https://allenamericans.com/media/americans-trade-for-forward-from-greenville/

 

– Gavin Gould’s older brother, Malcolm, played 10 games for the Allen Americans at the end of the season in 2018-19. He had three points (1G, 3A).

 

– It is still early in the week and the way things have been going for the Americans, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear more bad news in the next few days.

 

–  If you like stats check out the Americans Weekly for a recap of the weekend games and team leaders in almost every stat:  https://allenamericans.com/media/americans-weekly-antoine-bibeau-returns/

 

– Here is the Mountain Division Weekly issued by the ECHL. A few bullet points on each team in the division:  https://www.echl.com/en/news/2021/11/mountain-division-weekly-nov-15

 

– There are two games on the ECHL schedule today, both Kid’s Day games. Maine is at Jacksonville (10:30 am EST) and Tulsa visits Kansas City (10:35 am CST). Here is the ECHL Today with a preview of both games:  https://www.echl.com/en/news/2021/11/echl-today-nov-16

 

– There are many former Allen Americans players in the EIHL in Great Britain. Here is a list with points and games played. The games played varies because the league plays a preseason tournament and teams have started the regular season at different times. Glasgow, where Dyson Stevenson and Colton Yellow Horn play just played its first game of the season. Here is the list:

25 points (11G, 14A) in 15 games: Scott Conway, Belfast Giants
15 points (8G, 7A) in 16 games: Tanner Eberle, Sheffield Steelers
15 points (1G, 14A) in 22 games: Matt Register, Cardiff Devils
14 points (5G, 9A) in 16 games: Dallas Ehrhardt, Manchester Storm
13 points (7G, 6A) in 17 games: Greg Chase, Fife Flyers
9 points (4G, 5A) in 16 games; Jared VanWormer, Manchester Storm
3 points (0G, 3A) in 14 games: Alexander Ranger, Dundee Stars
1 point (1G, 0A) in 1 game: Dyson Stevenson, Glasgow Clan
1 point (1G, 0A) in 15 games: Sam Ruopp, Belfast Giants
1 point (1G, 0A) in 17 games: Ben Wilson, Manchester Storm
1 point (0G, 1A) in 15 games: Wade MacLeod, Manchester Storm
0 points (0G, 0A) in 1 game: Colton Yellow Horn, Glasgow Clan

The top teams in the standings by points percentage are Sheffield (73%), Nottingham (71%), Guildford (65%) and Coventry (64%), These happen to be the only teams in the 10 team EIHL with no former Allen players on the roster.

 

–  Les Lancaster is playing in the top professional hockey league in Finland (Liiga) which is rated by some as the second strongest league in all of Europe. Les has 14 points (3G, 11A) in 26 games. He leads all defensemen on the team (Ilves) in points and is tied for the overall team points lead. The team is in second place in the 15 team league.

 

DID YOU KNOW: ECHL teams have used between 21 and 29 players thus far this season. Allen falls in the middle having used 25 players. With few contracted players expected to be assigned this season the total players used my be down. Between COVID and losing San Jose as an affiliate in March, last season set an all time record for players used:

The number of players playing at least one game for the Americans for each season since they joined the ECHL:

25   2021-22 (thru nine games)
52   2020-21
41   2019-20 (shortened season)
45   2018-19
41   2017-18
42   2016-17
46   2015-16
41   2014-15