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ALLENTOWN - The stage is set for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic and it all begins tonight with the Skills Competition at 7:30 p.m. ET.
In case you missed any of our All-Star coverage this week, below are links to get you caught up on all the news, features we posted:
Schedule of Events
Sunday, January 29th
East/West Skills Competition - 7:30 p.m. ETMonday, January 30th:
State of the League Press Conference with President/CEO David Andrews - 9:30 a.m. ET
AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony - 11:00 a.m. ET
AHL All-Star Challenge - 7:00 p.m. ET
East vs. West Skills Competition
Before tonight's Skills Competition, we caught up with Lehigh Valley Phantoms' All-Stars T.J. Brennan and Taylor Leier. For all the latest video interviews this weekend, make sure you're subscribed to our YouTube Channel.
Below is a quick list of the events that Phantoms' All-Stars Taylor Leier and Jordan Weal will be participating in tonight's Skills Competition. I'll be updating these throughout the night and might link out to stand alone stories for anything Skills Competition related in this section.
Event 1: Sherwood Puck Control Relay
Race #3 - Taylor Leier vs. Jordan OesterleThere was a bit of a mishap in the first 1-on-1 race. The two skated to the opposite end only to find out there wasn't a puck there waiting for them. On the reset, Leier came up just short on Oesterle.
Race #4 - Jordan Weal vs. Brandon Montour (Edit: Oliver Bjorkstrand filled in. Montour had flight delays and missed tonight's skills competition)The final one-on-one race was the Eastern Conference's first win of the night, as Weal edged out Taylor Leier's former linemate in juniors to get East on the board.
Event 3: AHL Live Rapid Fire
Round 7 - Taylor Leier & T.J. Brennan vs. Michael LeightonLeier and Brennan had a tough go in the rapid fire, scoring just two goals on 10 shots on the former Flyers goaltender Leighton.
Event 5: Giant Food Stores/Velaspan Accuracy Shooting
T.J. Brennan shoots last for Eastern Conference to conclude the accuracy shooting event. He managed to hit three of the four targets - ringing several of his shots off the crossbarEvent 6: Giant Food Stores/Velaspan Pass & Score
Round 8 - Jordan Weal, Chris Bourque & David Warsofsky against Michael Leighton
This trio got the best of the veteran to end the 6th event with a bang. These three actually scored all three times, but one of the goals was taken away as not all three players touched the puck on the rush into the zone before the goal was scored. Still, the Pass & Score helped East take their first lead of the night at 11-10.Event 7: ExteNet Breakaway Relay
The goalies stole the show in the breakaway relay, especially the Western Conference netminders who stopped all 20 East shooters to help the West win the Skills Competition 15-1.
Round 6 - T.J. Brennan
Round 8 - Taylor Leier kicks off the final round & Jordan Weal ends the night
Leier misses. pic.twitter.com/4H3fwwvCTY— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) January 30, 2017
Here's Weal's shootout attempt to end the night. Lost the handles but still nearly scored. #LVPhantoms pic.twitter.com/xURDBvm6R9— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) January 30, 2017
Here's a full list of tonight's events for the Skills Competition for those interested.
Post-Skills Media Interviews
The four teams will participate in a round-robin tournament featuring six games of 10 minutes each, played entirely at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin tournament will face off for the championship - a six-minute game also played at 3-on-3.
Game 1: Atlantic vs. Central - 7:15 p.m. ET
Game 2: Pacific vs. North - 7:35 p.m. ET
Game 3: Central vs. North - 8:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Pacific vs. Atlantic - 8:20 p.m. ET
Game 5: Pacific vs. Central - 8:45 p.m. ET
Game 6: North vs. Atlantic - 9:05 p.m. ET
Championship Game - TBD vs. TBD
Goaltenders: Zane McIntyre (Providence) and Tristan Jarry (W-B/Scranton)
Defensemen: David Warsofsky (W-B/Scranton), Devon Toews (Bridgeport), T.J. Brennan (Lehigh Valley) and Mackenzie Weegar (Springfield)
Forwards: Danton Heinen (Providence), Nicklas Jensen (Hartford), Travis Boyd (Hershey), Chris Bourque 'C' (Hershey), Taylor Leier (Lehigh Valley) and Jordan Weal (Lehigh Valley)
Goaltenders: Linus Ullmark (Rochester) and Charlie Lindgren (St. John's)
Defensemen: Jordan Subban (Utica) and Matt Taormina (Syracuse)
Forwards: Cory Conacher (Syracuse), Cole Schneider (Rochester), Chris Terry (St. John's), Kerby Rychel (Toronto), Justin Bailey (Rochester), Casey Bailey (Binghamton), Alexandre Grenier (Utica) and Yanni Gourde (Syracuse)
Goaltenders: Anton Forseberg (Cleveland) and Michael Leighton (Charlotte)
Defensemen: Vince Dunn (Chicago), Alexandre Carrier (Milwaukee) and Robbie Russo (Grand Rapids)
Forwards: Ryan Craig 'C' (Cleveland), Spencer Abbott (Rockford), Alex Tuch (Iowa), Kenny Agostino (Chicago), Matt Lorito (Grand Rapids), Oliver Bjorkstrand (Cleveland) and Jack Roslovic (Manitoba)
Goaltenders: Troy Grosenick (San Jose) and Jack Campbell (Ontario)
Defensemen: Kyle Wood (Tucson), Vincent LoVerde (Ontario), Brandon Montour (San Diego) and Jordan Oesterle (Bakersfield)
Forwards: Mark Jankowski (Stockton), Jonny Brodzinski (Ontario), A.J. Greer (San Antonio), Matej Stransky (Texas), Christian Fischer (Tucson) and Daniel O'Regan (San Jose)