The United States Hockey League held its 2009 Prospects/All-Star Game on Wednesday night, pitting Team CCM (East Division All-Stars) against Team Reebok (West Division All-Stars). However, it may as well have been Team Reebok vs. the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
The Cedar Rapids line of Mike Seidel, Jeff Costello and Kyle Flanagan accounted for all the scoring for Team CCM, as they downed Team Reebok 4-1 in front of a crowd of 3,142 at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D.
"This is about as good as it could possibly get. The all-stars were all stars tonight and they all played great," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince. "You always like to see the home team win but the three RoughRiders were just extraordinary tonight."
The trio plays together on a line during the season for Cedar Rapids, and the chemistry that they brought to the ice on Wednesday was evident, as they dominated every shift they took from start to finish.
They opened the scoring for Team CCM just 1:12 into the game when Flanagan scored an unassisted goal to make it 1-0. Minutes later, at 5:09, Seidel scored his first of the game on assists from Costello and Flanagan. Team Reebok scored their only goal of the night at16:26 of the period when hometown favorite David Eddy scored to make it 2-1, where the first period would finish. Mike Cichy, who was representing Tri-City even though he’d recently been traded to Indiana and Lincoln’s Jake Newton had the assists on the goal.
Team CCM made it 3-1 just 42 seconds into the second period when Costello scored from Flanagan and Seidel. They then closed out the scoring 9:37 of the second, with Seidel scoring his second of the game on an assist from Flanagan.
In total, Flanagan had a goal and three assists, Seidel had two goals and an assist and Costello had a goal and an assist.
"It was a good effort for them. I’m really proud of them. I think the big thing is they went out and had fun playing, made a lot of plays and worked hard at it," said Mark Carlson, Cedar Rapids’ head coach.
"We were playing exactly how we usually play. We didn’t change a thing," said Flanagan. "The three of us have been playing together the last three or four months and the on-ice and off-ice chemistry has been great."
Each team had 38 shots on goal in the game. Fargo goaltender Mike Lee gave up all four Team CCM goals, but made 21 saves. He was relieved later in the game by Lincoln’s Kevin Murdock, who made 13 saves. At the other end, Cedar Rapids’ Mike Johnson stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced, while Indiana’s Brett Bennett stopped all 21 shots he saw.
Omaha’s Pat Mullane took the only penalty of the game, a slashing penalty at 12:57 of the second period.