Marlies' Ryan Hamilton scores winner as West beats East 7-6 in AHL all-star game

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Toronto Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton completed his hat trick with 11.2 seconds left in regulation Monday as the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 7-6 in the American Hockey League all-star game.

Drew Shore and Jason Zucker each added a goal and an assist for the West, while Brad Hunt and Matt Fraser also scored. Mark Arcobello had three assists.

Chad Kolarik scored twice for the East and Tyler Toffoli chipped in with a goal and an assist. Bracken Kearns, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Trent Whitfield had the other goals for the East, while Radko Gudas added two assists.

With the West leading 5-4 heading to the third period, Hamilton scored his second of the night at 5:41 when he deflected a pass home off a feed from Aggozino.

The East fought back to within one at 7:33 on Toffoli's goal before Whitfield tied it 6-6 on a clean breakaway with 2:30 left in regulation.

But with overtime looming, Hamilton beat East goalie Robin Lehner to give the West the victory.

Petr Mrazek stopped six shots in the third for the West, while Lehner made eight saves.

The West led 4-1 after the first period but the advantage could have been greater if not for Martin St. Pierre hitting the left post and East goalie Niklas Svedberg robbing Hamilton on a breakaway.

Zucker sparked the West by scoring at 7:39 on a backhander for a 1-0 lead, with goalie Justin Peters earning a rare assist.

The East tied it at 11:14 when Kolarik snapped home a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle past Peters, who finished the period with 12 saves.

That deadlock lasted only until 13:25 when Matt Fraser scored on a partial breakaway.

Hunt upped the West's lead to 3-1 when he beat Svedberg, who finished with 14 saves, at 14:35. Shore rounded out the period with another goal for the West at 15:11.

Audy-Marchessault ignited the East's rally in the second period when he finished off a 2-on-1 break with Tyler Johnson at 4:57 before Kearns made it 4-3 just 1:34 later.

Hamilton restored the West's two-goal edge at 16:43 but Kolarik cut the lead to 5-4 heading to the third with his second of the night at 17:11 with a shot that beat Abbotsford Heat goalie Barry Brust just inside the left post.

Burst finished with 13 saves in the period. While East goalie Curtis McElhinney also stopped 13 shots.

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