Allen wins 1st round, Stars say no need to change

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015


 By Richard Pollak
The Hockey Attitude   

The Allen Americans defeated the Tulsa Oilers on Tuesday night 3-2, to win their ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff Round 1, best of seven series, in five games 4-1.
After giving up an early second period power play goal to Tulsa’s Drew Fisher, the Americans would respond with three unanswered. Dyson Stevenson tipped home his first of the post-season, from Patrik Valcak and Kevin Young at the 10:14 mark to tie the score at 1-1.
Two minutes later, Ian Schultz would deflect one past Kevin Carr for his first to give Allen a 2-1 lead. The Americans would answer 90 seconds later, on the second of the post-season from Chad Costello, to make it 3-1 Allen.The score remained that way until late in the third, when the Oilers Drew Fisher knocked one home off an Americans players stick to cut the lead to 3-2…..his second of the game.
Allen would hold on for the victory and claim their first series win in the ECHL eliminating the Tulsa Oilers in five games, 4-1.
The Americans next home games will be May 1st and 2nd, with the second round opponent to be determined. The Americans will play the winner of the Quad City vs Rapid City series, which is tied 1-1.
Dallas Stars Owner Tom Gaglardi recently said in an exclusive interview, “I am happy with the results of the team.” He continued to talk about the future and how he felt that, “we need to stay on the same path and just grow from within. We do not need to sign free-agents.”
There is a simple solution to all of the Stars problems and it is not Kari Lehtonen’s goaltending. ITS THE DEFENSE.
With career statistics, this season except for victories, Lehtonen is not the problem. If the Stars had to stay at home veteran defensemen in the Hatcher / Matvichuk mold all of the Stars problems would be solved! Instead Coach Lindy Ruff let Daley, Goligoski and even Klingberg go wild on the offensive jump.
Yes, Daley had impressive offensive numbers (minus 13) on a team that didn’t make the playoffs. Goligoski’s number were down because he had to stay back and try to stop the other team where he failed miserably! Now, the Stars are going to hang their hat on Patrick Nemeth’s return. Nemeth has dressed for only 30 games in the NHL.
It is ridiculous that Chad Costello didn’t win the ECHL MVP award. Costello picked up three points in the Americans last regular season game to get to 125 points for the season (41 goals, 84 assists). He had more assists than any other player total points. He won the ECHL Sportsmanship of the Year Award, in addition to being named Player of the Week two times during the year. BIG DEAL! “It’s been an amazing season for me and my teammates and we hope to have a long post season,” said Americans forward Chad Costello. “We have a great fan-base here in Allen, and I can’t thank them enough for how wonderful they have been to me and my family.” I was the only member of the Media from outside Orlando to attend the ALL-STAR GAME and I didn’t even get a deciding vote!


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