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All-Star Night for Hartford's Fata, Mottau

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Hartford Wolf Pack center Rico Fata (right) collected two goals and two assists as the Canadian All-Stars outscored PlanetUSA 13-11 at the 2002 Assante and Baker Hughes AHL All-Star Classic tonight in St. John's Newfoundland.

"This was summertime hockey," said Fata. "But we showed the fans a good time. That's what it's all about."

Defenseman Mike Mottau skated on the PlanetUSA squad and collected an assist.

Game MVP Mike Craig of the Cleveland Barons led the Canadian attack with three goals and two assists, for a record-tying five-point performance. Jeff Farkas of the hometown St. John's Maple Leafs led the PlanetUSA All-Stars with three goals and an assist. All told, 29 different players got on the scoresheet.

It was a night for the record books, as no fewer than 18 AHL All-Star records were set or tied, including most goals by one team (13) and combined (24) and most shots on goal combined (112). Craig and Farkas recorded the first All-Star hat tricks since 1955, and Manchester defenseman Rich Brennan, who was selected to captain the PlanetUSA team and was voted a starter in fan balloting, joined Fred Glover and Dunc Fisher as the only six-time AHL All-Stars by playing the game's first shift despite a broken wrist.

It was the third straight All-Star Game victory for the Canadian AHL All-Stars, and combined with their 21-9 win in Wednesday's All-Star Skills Competition, Canada earned its first-ever sweep of an AHL All-Star Classic.
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