ECHL All-Star Game Report

By Steve Feldman

Trenton, NJ – The ECHL All-Stars took the ice on Tuesday night. In the skills competition the night before the Southern Conference dominated. The two teams were evenly matched in the first period, while the Southern Conference dominated the second and the Northern Conference made their comeback in the third period, but fell short.

The two teams were evenly matched and that shod in the opening period with each team scoring once. The goaltenders both played a strong period turning away 15 shots and allowing one goal each. Frederic Cloutier from the Louisiana Ice Gators was representing the Southern Conference and Chris Sanford of the Peoria Rivermen represented the Northern Conference.

The South was the first team to score; it came at the 9:17 mark when Mat Snesrud of the Columbus Cottonmouths scored with help from Mikko Sivonen of the New Orleans Brass and Steve Rymsha of the Greensville Grrrowl. With under a left to play in the opening period the North tied the game when Preston Mizzi of the Dayton Bombers scored. Arvid Rekis from the Peoria Rivermen and Lars Pettersen from the Richmond Renegades picked up the assists.

In the second period it was South that picked up the pace. With Joel Laing from the Wheeling Nailers in net for the North and Chris Madden from Macon Whoopee in net for the South it was the South that outscored the North and took a 4-2 lead after periods.

The South had the first three goals of the period, was Greg Pankewicz of the Pensacola Ice Pilots, with the assists coming from Allan Sirois of Pee Dee Pride and Louis Dumont of Pensacola. Next it was Francois Fortier that scored, this time it was Patrick Yetman of the Augusta Lynx who got the helper. Sivonen gave the South a three goal lead with the assists going to Roger Trudeau from Greensville and Briane Thompson from the Florida Everblades. The North started to chip away at the lead and pulled within two goals of the lead when Garrett Prosofsky from Richmond lit the lamp and Pettersen and Andrei Lupandin of the Greensboro Generals.

In the third period with Scott Meyer of the Charlotte Checkers for the North and Ken Carroll of the Jackson Bandits for the South in goal the North continued their comeback scoring four goals, but they allowed goals to the South.

The South regained their three goal lead when Sirois scored with help from Snesrud. Than the North than scored twice to pull within one goal, first was Kevin Colley of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies with Dylan Gyori of Wheeling and Rick Kowalsky of the Roanoke ____ the assists. Than Simon Tremblay of the Reading Royals put the North with in one goal of tying the game when he scored at the 6:48 mark of the period. The Trenton Titans Ben Stafford and Pat Leahy got the assists.

The two teams would than swap goals until the end of the game. First it was the South that continued the pressure and scored when John Sadowski of the Mobile Mystics scored. The helpers went to Gregor Krajnc of Pee Dee and Trudeau. Vern Fiddler of Roanoke than scored with help from Leahy and Tremblay. The South scored their last goal of the game off of Sirois’ stick, Dumont getting the assist. The North found themselves down by two, but was only able to score one more time before the end of the period. Leahy had the goal from the slot with the assists going to Strafford and Fiddler.

The game MVP went to Allan Sirois from the Southern Conference with 2 goals and 1 assist. The Southern Conference was 0 of 0 on the power play, they had 0 penalties, Cloutier made 15 saves on 16 shot, Madden made 8 saves on 9 shots, and Carroll made 16 saves on 20 shots. The Northern Conference were 0 of 0 on the power play, they had 0 penalties, Sanford made 15 saves on 16 shots, Laing made 15 saves on 18 shots, and Meyer made 7 saves on 10 shots.