Syracuse's Mark Hartigan scored the first goal of the game and added an assist while teammate Andy Delmore also had an assist to help the Canadians win 9-4 at the AHL All-Star Game on Wednesday.
Martin St. Pierre and Donald MacLean led the Canadians with two goals each, while a trio of goaltenders contributed a 33-save effort from its trio of goaltenders in front 15,015 fans at the MTS Centre – the largest crowd ever for an AHL All-Star Game - in Winnipeg.
Wade Flaherty of the hometown Manitoba Moose and Yann Danis of the Hamilton Bulldogs were named co-winners of the Rbk Hockey Most Valuable Player award for the game. The two Canadian netminders each made 12 saves on 13 shots in one period of work.
Dany Sabourin of the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins played the third period for the Canadians and made nine saves of his own.
St. Pierre, of the Norfolk Admirals, and MacLean, the AHL’s leading goal-scorer at the All-Star break with 32 for the Grand Rapids Griffins, both scored during a five-goal second period for the Canadians. Defenseman Nathan Paetsch of the Rochester Americans recorded three assists, while Hartigan, Binghamton’s Denis Hamel, Iowa’s Junior Lessard and Omaha’s Richie Regehr each contributed a goal and an assist for the Canadians, who have won the event in six of the last seven years.
Jimmy Roy of the Moose, captain of the Canadian AHL All-Star team, scored late in the third period to give his team the lead for good.
John Pohl of the Toronto Marlies led the PlanetUSA offense with two third-period goals. PlanetUSA captain Eric Healey of the Providence Bruins added a goal and an assist, and Houston Aeros rookie Patrick O’Sullivan also scored.
Delmore finished the event scoring 0-1-1 with a +2 rating and three shots on goal while Hartigan finished 1-1-2 with a +1 rating and five shots on net.
The Syracuse Crunch return to action on Friday, Feb. 3 at Cleveland.