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Western Conference downs Eastern Conference 9-6 in OHL skills competition @NHLdotcom

WINDSOR, Ont. - The Ontario Hockey League's Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 9-6 in the skills competition Tuesday to start the Ontario Hockey League's all-star festivities.

Taylor Hall of the host Windsor Spitfires took the fastest skater competition, while John Carlson of the London Knights won the hardest shot contest. The Western Conference also won the puck control relay.

The Eastern Conference counted the shooting accuracy and penalty shot competitions among its victories.

Despite his team winning the skills competition, Western Conference head coach Steve Spott of the Kitchener Rangers was not about to predict a similar outcome for Wednesday night's all-star game.

"(Eastern Conference head coach) George Burnett has a lot of pride and he will definitely have his players ready for tomorrow night," Spott said.

"The players take these events more seriously than they use to, so it should make for a great event. There a number of draft eligible players on both teams and I think they want to go out and put on a show for the scouts."

A team of former Windsor Spitfires defeated a collection of former OHLers 5-4 in the alumni game that followed the skills competition.

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