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Wiseman Shines in 2004 AHL All-Star Game

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Hartford Wolf pack center Chad Wiseman tallied a goal and two assists in the 2004 AHL All-Star Game to help lead the Canadian All-Stars to a 9-5 victory over the PlanetUSA All-Stars in front of 9,220 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight.

Wiseman, 22, leads the Wolf Pack with 15 goals and 31 points and is tied for second on the club with 16 assists in 42 games this season.

A five-goal second period was highlighted by a goal and two assists by Mike Zigomanis of the Lowell Lock Monsters. Zigomanis scored what would be the game winning goal with 5:17 left in the second, and his three-point effort earned him honors as the game's Most Valuable Player.

Wiseman and Benoit Gratton of the Hamilton Bulldogs also recorded a goal and two assists apiece for the Canadian team, which won its fifth consecutive AHL All-Star Game.

Rookie defenseman Aaron Johnson of the Syracuse Crunch scored twice, while Eric Perrin of the Hershey Bears and team captain Terry Virtue of the Worcester IceCats picked up two assists each.

Wade Dubielewicz of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Canadians, and Ray Emery of the Binghamton Senators turned aside 22 of 25. Emery earned the victory for the second straight season, and joins current Minnesota Wild goaltender and 2004 NHL All-Star Dwayne Roloson as the only players with two career AHL All-Star wins.

* 2004 AHL All-Star Game recap >>
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