Peoria Rivermen made their impact on the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic at the Gant
Center in Hershey, Pa. Monday night but were on the wrong side of the
scoreboard. T.J Hensick’s first period
goal put the Western Conference up 2-1 but the East came back and won 11-8 in
front of 10,736 fans.
goaltender Jake Allen was named the starting goaltender for the Western
Conference and made eight saves on 12 shots in the opening 20 minutes. He allowed the fastest goal in AHL all-star
history, to Hershey’s Andrew Gordon, just 16 seconds from the opening faceoff. He stood his ground while the West built a
4-1 lead before the East responded with three goals in a span of 1:48 to tie
the game before the end of the period.
made a splash on his very first shift picking up two points in 48 seconds. He lifted a perfect saucer pass over the
stick of Brian Fahey (Hershey) for Michal Repik (Rochester) to push past Martin
Jones (Manchester) at 1:59 to tie the game 1-1.
At 2:47, Hensick was on the receiving end of feed from a Brian Connelly
(Rockford) to tap in.
three AHL all-star appearances (2008, 2010, 2011), Hensick now has eight points
(four goals, four assists).
earned the primary assist on Sergei Shirokov’s goal at 12:05 of the second
period to bring the West within one, at 6-5 but they never tied the game. Oystrick finished the game with a plus-3
rating, tied for the best mark on the Western squad with his defensive partner
Mathieu Carle (Hamilton).
East scored five unanswered goals between 13:47 of the first and 11:21 of the
second to take 6-4 lead that they did not relinquish. Bobby Butler (Binghamton) and Rhett Rakshani
(Bridgeport) each had a goal and three assists for the Eastern Conference and
Butler was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Rivermen goaltender Curtis Sanford (Hamilton) relieved Allen for the second
period of play and made nine saves on 13 shots.
Mark Dekanich (Milwaukee) played the third and sopped seven of 10. Martin Jones (Manchester) allowed four goals
on 19 shots while John Curry (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) played the second half of
the game for the East and allowed four goals on a barrage of 31 shots.
Rivermen open their post all-star schedule on Thursday and begin a four-game
roadtrip in Oklahoma City at 7:05 p.m.
After a rematch on Friday, the Rivermen make their first trip of the
season to Chicago on Saturday night. All
the games will be broadcast live on 96.5 ESPN Radio in Peoria.