KINGSTON, Ont. - A record performance from Andrew Agozzino helped the Eastern Conference extend its winning streak at the Ontario Hockey League all-star game Wednesday.
Agozzino had four goals and an assist as the East held its ground against a feisty Western Conference, extending its all-star winning streak to five games with a 17-10 win Wednesday night.
Agozzino's five points set a new all-star record. He was named player of the game as the East held on to its crown outshooting the West 55-50.
"It was definitely one of my greatest moments," said Agozzino after he scored the goal that clinched the game.
Erie Otters star Zach Torquato put up a great performance for the West with three goals and two assists, earning player of the game honours for his conference. Torquato however, would have preferred a bigger prize.
"It would have been nice to win," he said. "We haven't been winning much in the last five years but to get the goals it was nice though."
Forward Cody Lindsay opened the scoring on the power play 8:10 in to the first period to put the Eastern Conference up 1-0. Lindsay, representing the Ottawa 67's, banged home a rebound when Agozzino took a shot from the slot that was stopped by West goalie Robin Lehner.
Nazem Kadri of the London Knights tied the game 1-1 at 12:26. Kadri took a pass from Plymouth Whalers forward AJ Jenks and fired a wrist shot over the blocker of Kingston Frontenac goaltender Tyler Beskorowany.
The West added to its lead under a minute and a half later when Torquato scored, but the East followed with three straight goals when Lindsay scored his second of the period, followed by Alex Hutchings and Agozzino.
The two teams put up seven goals in the second period. Torquato scored and Kitchener Rangers' Jeremy Morin added two goals of his own to tie the game 5-5 with just under six minutes left in the period.
The two teams changed goalies half way through the second and that seemed to spark the Eastern Conference.
Windsor Spitfires' Matt Hackett gave up goals to Eric O'Dell, Agozzino and Stefan Della Rovere in just one minute and six seconds to give the Eastern Conference an 8-5 lead going in to the third period.
The two teams exploded for 14 goals in the final period. Jenks and Torquato had two goals while Jeff Skinner and Eric Wellwood added singles for the Western Conference.
The East countered with goals from Devante Smith-Pelly, Ethan Werek, Della Rovere, Lindsay, Pat Daley, Hutchings, Matt Kennedy and two from Agozzino.
Despite giving up 12 goals on 29 shots, Hackett said he managed to enjoy the all-star experience to a point.
"It wasn't too fun for the goalies. Three on ones, two on ones, even four on ones, it's kind of hard to make stops," he said "I got lit up tonight but it was fun."
Adam Graves for the West and Steve Thomas for the East served as honorary captains.