West Wins AHL All-Star Game Behind Co-MVP Performance From Comets’ Markstrom [AUDIO]
Utica Comets' Goalie Jacob Markstrom took home Co-MVP honors after a solid first period where he let up only 2 goals on 18 attempts.
Three Western Conference players - Milwaukee Admirals' Brendan Leipsic, Rockford IceHogs' Mark McNeil and Hamilton Bulldogs' Charles Hudon all had 3-goal 'hat-tricks' to lead the team.
Hudon's one assist was enough to earn him Co-MVP honors with Markstrom.
The Eastern Conference was led by a hat-trick and assist from Binghamton Senators Shane Prince, while the Portland Pirates' Brendan Shinnimin added two goals and an assist.
A total of 17 players scored the game's 26 goals, making the game the highest scoring in AHL All-Star history according to the AHL's official website.
West Coach Travis Green says he was happy with the outcome of his first All-Star game, but he was even more excited for the Utica area.
Green also shared his thoughts on his Comets players and the other standouts on the Western Conference team.
The Aud was packed with hockey fans of all ages Monday night, and not just Comets fans either.
Joe Yavonditte and his wife made the trip from Albany to see their third All-Star game, having been to Binghamton and Worcester for the last two.
He says the access to the players is great because he feels hockey players seem nicer and more approachable than other athletes.
Yavonditte also said he hasn't been to Utica for hockey in years, but he loves the improvements and atmosphere at the Aud.
Paul Baker and his group came from even farther away - North Dartmouth Massachusetts - where they cheer for the Providence Bruins.
He said they travel almost every year for the All-Star game and Utica is their seventh, but The Auditorium ranks among their favorite places to watch hockey. They even came up last year when the Bruins came to town.
The energy in and around the Aud was high before, during and even after the game as local fans stayed well after to share highlights and celebrate a Western Conference(and that means Utica Comets) win.
The Comets will have the rest of the week off before getting back into action on Friday night when they host the Toronto Marlies at the Aud at 7:00.