Allen In Second Place In CHL
The Allen Americans currently sit in second place in the Central Hockey League with a 15-4-1 record (31 points).
FRIDAY, DEC. 4 vs. RGV (W 5-2): The Americans beat the Killer Bees in the second consecutive game in a 5-2 home win. Captain Erik Adams started off the scoring in the first, and the Americans never trailed in the game. Liam Huculak, Bruce Graham, Tobias Whelan and Justin Bowers all recorded goals. Nino Musitelli continued his point streak after getting an assist on Whelan's goal and was +4. Bowers had two assists in addition to his goal, and Graham had an assist on top of his game-winning goal.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5 @ CRP (W 4-2): In their last visit to the American Bank Center, the Americans beat the IceRays 4-2, which brings their season series record to 4-1. Allen won all the games it played at the ABC this year. Nino Musitelli scored the first Allen goal to tie the game in the first period. Defenseman Tyler Wooddisse gave the Americans their first lead in the second period, but Corpus tied the score 2-2 44 seconds into the third. Ryan Fairbarn and Justin Bowers lit the lamp in the third to secure the win.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9 @ TEX at 7:05 p.m.: The Americans play the defending CHL champion Texas Brahmas for the first time since James Hiebert's hit on goaltender Charlie Effinger that happened Nov. 28. The hit put Effinger on goaltender IR. Allen is 2-0-1 in the season series versus the Brahmas, winning both home contests and losing in the eighth round of a shootout last time the team visited NYTEX Sports Centre. Texas has a 10-9-3 record (23 points).
FRIDAY, DEC. 11 vs. TUL at 7:30 p.m.: Allen looks for retribution against Tulsa in the two teams' second meeting of the season. The Oilers shut out the Americans 4-0 when Allen visited Tulsa Nov. 3. The game is the Americans only shutout loss of the season. Tulsa is currently 12-7-1 (25 points) and sits third in the Northern Conference.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12 vs. LAR at 7:30 p.m.: The Americans host the Laredo Bucks for the first time this season. Allen beat the club 5-4 in overtime with a game-winning goal from Chris Kaufman Oct. 24 at the Laredo Entertainment Center. Laredo has a record of 11-4-4 (26 points) and took third place in the Southern Conference from Rio Grande Valley last weekend.
Mullins on Puska on Pucks: Head Coach and General Manager Dwight Mullins is a guest on Puska on Pucks - "The Original Internet Hockey Show" this week. Fans can catch the latest edition of the show at www.puskaonpucks.com and www.oursportscentral.com under the OSC Radio link. Puska on Pucks is brought to you by Puska Media Services.
Toys for Tots Drive Tomorrow: FOX 4's Steve Eagar and Heather Hays will join the Allen Americans and Ice Angels tomorrow, Dec. 8, in front of the Allen Event Center to collect toys from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and 9:00-10:30 p.m. for Toys for Tots. The first 25 people to drop off toys during each time period will receive two tickets to the Americans vs. Tulsa game Friday, Dec. 11, as well as two tickets to The Charlie Daniels Band concert Dec. 19 at the Allen Event Center. All toy donors will receive a $5 off coupon to The Charlie Daniels Band show.
Teddy Bear Toss & Post-game Skate: The Allen Americans are excited to announce the first Teddy Bear Toss Dec. 18. Fans are asked to bring teddy bears or other stuffed animals to donate to charity. After the Americans first goal against Laredo, fans are asked to throw the stuffed animals on the ice. In addition to the Teddy Bear Toss, the first 500 youth to the game will receive free T-shirts provided by Medical City Children's Hospital. All fans are invited to skate with the entire team and Santa after the game as well.
Americans Raise Over $36,500 for Military Foundation: The Americans raised $36,515 for the men and women of the Texas National Guard of Collin County and the Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation at their Veterans Day game Nov. 11. The team will present a check to Captain Michael Leeper this Saturday, Dec. 12, at the game against Laredo. Allen had the Stanley Cup flown in and gave fans the opportunity to take pictures with hockey's most coveted trophy for $10 with all proceeds going to the foundation. The team also wore specialty camouflage jerseys in the 5-1 victory over the Brahmas that were auctioned off after the game in a live auction. The Americans raised $7,303 at the game, and Americans' owners Doug Miller and Steve Duchesne, oilman T. Boone Pickens and Boston's Gourmet Pizza CEO Jim Treliving matched the amount.
Graham is the Man: Forward Bruce Graham is currently tied for the longest assist streak in the CHL, accumulating nine assists in five games. He had one goal and four assists last weekend in games against Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi. Graham is ninth in the CHL in scoring with 27 points.
Non-stop Nino: Forward Nino Musitelli is on a 14-game point streak that started Nov. 6 against Corpus Christi. He has scored 16 points during the 14-game stretch. He is tied with teammate Bruce Graham for the longest assist streak, getting five helpers in his last five games.
Bowers Keeps His Powers: Forward Justin Bowers currently has the longest goal streak in the league with six goals in five games. The alternate captain is seventh in the league in scoring with 30 points. He scored two goals and three assists last weekend and was a combined +5. He is second in the league in plus/minus with +15.
Listen and Watch Live: All Americans games are broadcast live on CHL-TV and Sports Juice. To watch and listen to Tommy Daniels, voice of the Allen Americans, visit chltv.insinc.com. To listen for free, visit sportsjuice.com.
Roster Moves: The Americans signed former IceRay Kris Tebbs to take fill Charlie Effinger's vacancy on the roster Dec. 4. Tebbs, 28, hails from Calgary, Alberta. Effinger is on goaltender IR after a hit from the Brahmas' James Hiebert last Saturday.
Also, Mike Willemsen was activated from 14-day IR, and Bill Loupée was placed on 14-day IR retroactive to Nov. 29 for a lower body injury prior to last Friday's game.
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