The Americans are on the move in the US division. Beginning the week 13 points back of the division leading Portland Winterhawks, now just nine after back to back 5-1 victories over Portland.
Since Head Coach Jim Hiller took over last year, his players respond when need be. Part of the reason deals with the brand of hockey they play. Skate fast... Play smart... Don't take dumb penalties. As a result the Ams are the second least penalized team in the league, with just 560 penalty minutes.
Hiller said, "You know the one thing we like to base ourselves on is speed and tenacity. And when you play that type of game you usually have the puck. And you're certainly more likely to take penalties when you don't have the puck. So we play a puck possession game... We try to use speed and try get people to haul you down... go hard to the net. "
Ams second best points producer in Brendan Shinnimin added, "We're a skilled fast team so I think we use are speed like we do we really draw penalties. And cause guys to grab and hold."