The Allen Americans held their practice at the Allen Event Community Ice Rink that sits right beside their home rink, the Allen Even Center. They are taking these next few days to get ready for their series against the Arizona Sundogs and Tulsa Oilers.
“We just got off playing a three game series with the Arizona Sundogs and a little bit of bad blood going on so that’s a little different situation there and Tulsa really out physical games,” said Coach Steve Martinson. “Our game philosophy is pretty much the same every night. We don’t want to beat ourselves and play intelligently hockey.”
On the ice practicing with the Allen Americans were Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric and goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who are currently are finding ways to keep in shape due to the NHL lockout.
“Well we had them all year, certain guys and we like it. We think that brings out leadership. It shows our guys that you know that they are not that far away. The difference between our guys and Fistric is just a monster, skates really well and with good hands,” explained Martinson.
“He’s 240 pounds and his dad; I played against his dad, a real big guy, so yeah I think it’s good to have those guys out there. I think it is fun for our players and obviously keeps those guys in shape during the lockout,” Martinson said about the impact with Fistric and Lehtonen on the practice ice.
As the team is looking forward to their series against the Sundogs and Oilers, there are no injuries right now; even Garret Clarke, who took a brutal hit from Sundogs forward Mario Larocque in the American’s 7-1 victory.
“We are pretty healthy. No minor injuries. (Garrett) Clarke is okay after the hit,” Martinson said about the team injuries.