Allen announces Coach extension and All Stars
By Richard Pollak
The Allen Americans announced that the club has given Head
Coach and General Manager of Hockey Operations Steve Martinson a new
contract which will keep the Minnesota native with the club through
the 2020-21 season. In five years with the Americans, Martinson has
won four championships.
The ECHL then announced the All-ECHL First and Second
Teams, with the Americans having three players named to the First
Team. Goalie Riley Gill, Defenseman David Makowski and Forward Chad
Costello were all selected to the First Team roster, along with former
Americans, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Matt Register.
Riley Gill leads the ECHL in shutouts with eight, and is tied for
second in the league with 35 wins. Gill has won three Kelly Cup
Championships and remains the winningest postseason goalie in ECHL
David Makowski is in his second season with the Americans. He has
49 points in 40 games with Allen, including a team-high 15-game point
streak this season. The St. Louis, Missouri native is among the league
leaders in points-per-game by a defenseman at 1.23. He’s tied for
third in power play goals by a defenseman, with seven.
Chad Costello is in his third season with the Americans, having
won the ECHL scoring title the last two seasons in a row, with the
looks of making it three straight. Costello has over 120 points. The
Johnston, Iowa native won the ECHL regular season and postseason MVP
awards last year.