Even though these teams play 15 times this season, they have played just once in the last two months. It will be a good test for both teams to see how they have progressed since last playing each other. With Missouri destined to win the Central Division and Wichita destined for last place, the only real battle left is to see who will finish second in the division. Allen currently has an 11 point lead over Tulsa but the Oilers have played five fewer games than the Americans. With eight points up for grabs this week Allen could have anywhere from a 19 point lead to a three point lead after the game on Sunday.
There are some interesting statistics if you look at the seven head to head games Allen and Tulsa have played this season. Tulsa has won four of the seven games. The visiting team has won the last four games. The last two times Tulsa has played in Allen, they defeated the Americans 3-1 (12/21) and 6-1 (11/21). The last two times Allen has played in Tulsa they have won 4-3 (11/22) and 3-2 (11/13).
- Here is a comparison between Allen and Tulsa:
Team Record 24-14-2-1(51 points) 18-14-2-2 (40 points)
Division Ranking 2nd - Central 3rd - Central
Conference Ranking 4th - Western 9th - Western
League Ranking 10th 18th
Last Game 5-4 W (Wichita) 6-3 W (Missouri)
Goals For 123 100
Goals Against 117 90
Power Play 22.2% (35/158) 12.9% (17/132)
Penalty Kill 85.3% (24/163) 83.2% (25/149)
Leading Scorer Costello (16-42-58) Desalvo (10-20-30)
Most PIM's Stevenson - 74 Clark - 113
- Here is how Allen and Tulsa rank in the ECHL in some statistical categories:
Penalty Minutes Per Game: Allen 2nd (17.66) - Tulsa 4th (17.00)
Goals Scored Per Game: Allen 7th (3.00) - Tulsa 16th (2.78)
Goals Allowed Per Game: Allen 14th (2.85) - Tulsa 6th (2.50)
Shots For Per Game: Allen 25th (27.76 - Tulsa 26th (27.50)
Shots Against Per Game: Allen 15th (30.12) - Tulsa 5th (27.50)
Power Play Percentage: Allen 2nd (22.2%) - Tulsa 26th (12.9%)
Penalty Kill Percentage: Allen 9th (85.3%) - Tulsa 17th (83.2%)
- A couple of keys to victory for Allen are getting shots on goal and winning the special teams battle. The Americans are ranked #25th in the league in shots on goal at 27.76 per game but against Tulsa it has been even worse. Only once has Allen had 30 shots on goal against the Oilers and the last four times these teams have played, Allen's shot totals were 20, 24, 20 &17. Allen is going to have to do better if they expect to win tonight. With Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Greger Hanson back in the lineup Allen should be able to increase the shots on goal.
- Tulsa's overall power play percentage is one of the worst in the ECHL ranked #26 at 12.9%. However, if you look at home and away power plays it is a very different story. On the road, Tulsa is dead last at 8.4% but at home they are ranked #8 at 20.4%. Allen still has the advantage with the best road power play in the league (24.4%) but they will be missing a key component of the power play tonight. Point man David Makowski has been suspended for one game and will miss the game. Makowski was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct on Sunday for a slash to the jaw of a Wichita's Paxton Leroux.
- The Allen roster will have a different look tonight. In addition to Makowski's suspension, Reid Halabi and Tristan King will not play. Jacob Poe and Casey Thrush, who did not play on Sunday, will be back in the line up.
- Officials scheduled for the game are referee Chris Pontes (#2) and linesmen Mitch Macpherson (#48) and Eric Contino (#92).
- Allen has a new back up goalie as they have brought in Peter Di Salvo. The official transaction shows a trade from Colorado. The Eagles released Di Salvo on December 26 only to re-sign him this week and deal him to Allen. The immigration process for a player that is traded is much easier than when an ECHL team signs a player that has been released, so that is why he was re-signed and then traded. The Americans did the same thing when Garrett Clarke went to Rapid City and when they acquired Reid Halabi from Fort Wayne. Basically a professional courtesy to save time and money.
|Peter Di Salvo|
- Di Salvo is a third year pro who has spent most of his career in the SPHL. He is signed with the Mississippi River Kings and in 14 games this year he has a GAA of 2.12 and a save percentage of .932. He has had two previous call ups to the ECHL this season with Colorado and Fort Wayne.
|Allen back up goalie Peter Di Salvo gets acquainted with goalie coach Thomas Speer - photo by Dianne Webster|
Here is a Mississippi River Kings video from a little over a year ago that provides some background on Peter:
Below are Peter's statistics courtesy of hockeydb:
Peter Di SalvoGoalie -- shoots R
Born Nov 14 1990 -- Oakville, ONT
[25 yrs. ago]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 196
|RS Goalie Stats||PO Scoring|
|2013-14||Pensacola Ice Flyers||SPHL||17||0||15||991||39||0||0||2.36||11||5||1||510||0.929||-||-||-|
DID YOU KNOW: On December 16th in Colorado, Peter Di Salvo was the starting goalie for the Colorado Eagles when they played the Allen Americans. Di Salvo stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead Colorado to a 3-1 win over the Americans. For his effort Peter was selected the #1 star of the game.