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East earns win in AHL skills competition

Sunday, 01.30.2011 / 6:58 PM / AHL Update

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East earns win in AHL skills competition
John Curry is typically the enemy at Giant Center as the No. 1 goaltender for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, but he was one of the stars Sunday.
John Curry is typically the enemy at Giant Center as the No. 1 goaltender for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, but he was one of the stars Sunday for the Eastern Conference in a 19-7 victory against the Western Conference in the 2011 Reese's AHL All-Star Skills Competition to kick off the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic.

Curry turned aside 21 of 28 shots during the skills contest and earned the Reebok Top Goaltender award. His teammate for the weekend and hometown favorite, Brian Fahey of the Hershey Bears, won the Reebok Hardest Shot competition with a blast of 96.9 miles per hour in the final round.

Manchester Monarchs defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov earned top honors in the Reebok Fastest Skater event. A second-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Voynov finished with a time of 14.197. That would have been the second-fastest time at the 2011 Honda NHL SuperSkills competition in Raleigh, N.C., the night before just behind New York Islanders rookie Michael Grabner.

Connecticut Whale forward Jeremy Williams gave the East a win in the Reese's Accuracy Shooting contest by nailing all four targets in eight attempts. Milwaukee Admirals forward Linus Klasen had the top highlight in the Panasonic Breakaway Relay with a 360-degree spin and goal against Manchester goalie Martin Jones.

The 2011 AHL All-Star Game will be Monday night at 7 p.m. and will be live on TSN and several local stations in the United States. Check theahl.com for the list of stations and times for when the game will be broadcast. Mike "Doc" Emrick will travel from Raleigh to Hershey to do the play-by-play honors.  

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