LOVELAND, Colo. – Much like the previous night’s All Star Skills Competition the game between the Colorado Eagles and ECHL All Stars was determined by stellar goalie play. Although a total of 10 goals were scored by the two teams it was the ECHL All Stars who held a 7 to 3 goal advantage at the final buzzer on Wednesday night. Colorado threw 52 shots at the three goalies for the All Star Team, which included the top two goalies in the ECHL, with only three pucks finding the back of the net. Phillip Grubauer in goal for the All Star Team from the Reading Royals saved 14 of the 16 shots in the opening period to keep the game close at 2 to 1 allowing goals to Eagles shooters A.J. Hau and Joey Sides. Ryan Zapolski winner of the All Star MVP and the number one rated goalie in the league with the South Carolina Stingrays stopped 17 of the 17 shots he faced in the game changing second period.Mike Lee, second on the league’s best goalie list, stopped 18 of 19 shots in the third period to close out the game. Only Michael Forney’s goal early in the final frame got by Lee. At the other end of the ice the Eagles started out well in the first period with Adam Brown allowing one goal to Andrew Hotham on 8 shots to carry a 2 to 1 lead into the middle frame. Brown gave up two more goals on the three shots he faced in the second period. Chris Francis and Willie Coetzee scored to give the All Stars a 3 to 2 lead before Kyle Jones took over in net with 8:20 left in the second period . Jones allowed three goals on the six shots he faced in the remainder of the middle frame.
Taylor Ellington scored at 15:44, Hotham scored his second of the game at 18:35, and C.J. Severyn tallied at 19:51 to give the All Stars a 6 to 2 led after two periods. In the final period, the All Stars played a more defensive puck control type game and scored on the last of their 9 shots when Elmira Jackal, Dustin Gazely, netted the final goal of the contest at 19:41 to account for the final score of 7 to 3. As in most All Star games there was not a lot of animosity and only three penalties were called in the game. All three were two-minute minors and all in the first period. Mitch Wahl took a hooking minor, Michael Forney was called for tripping and Daniel Maggio was sent to the box for slashing. Contact the author/photographer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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