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Marlies' Hamilton shines at AHL All-Star Game

Monday, 01.28.2013 / 11:26 PM / AHL Update

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Marlies' Hamilton shines at AHL All-Star Game
Toronto Marlies forward Ryan Hamilton completed a hat trick with 11.2 seconds remaining in regulation, breaking a tie and sending the Western Conference to a 7-6 win against the Eastern Conference in the 2013 American Hockey League All-Star Game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.

Toronto Marlies forward Ryan Hamilton completed a hat trick with 11.2 seconds remaining in regulation, breaking a tie and sending the Western Conference to a 7-6 win against the Eastern Conference in the 2013 American Hockey League All-Star Game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Monday night.

Hamilton, who was named the Dunkin' Donuts All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, scored the final three goals of the night for the West to record the seventh hat trick in All-Star Game history. Mark Arcobello of the Oklahoma City Barons tallied three assists and rookie forwards Drew Shore of the San Antonio Rampage and Jason Zucker of the Houston Aeros notched a goal and an assist each for the West.

Chad Kolarik of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins led the Eastern Conference offense with two goals, while Manchester Monarchs rookie Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist and Syracuse Crunch defenseman Radko Gudas recorded two assists for the East.

Curtis McElhinney of the Springfield Falcons was the top goaltender in the game, stopping 15 of 16 shots for the East in the second period.

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