Providence's Eric Manlow broke a tie with 4:54 remaining in the game to lift Canada to an 11-10 victory over PlanetUSA in the 2001 AHL All-Star Game at the sold-out First Union Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The victorious Canadians, led by Wolf Pack head coach JOHN PADDOCK and assistant coach MIKE BUSNIUK, fell into an early 2-0 hole before rallying to take leads of 4-3, 7-4, 9-5, and 10-8. Bobby House of St. John's had two goals and an assist and Manlow added three assists to his game-winning goal. Hartford's BRAD SMYTH scored a first-period goal, and outgoing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain John Slaney, who was traded to Philadelphia on Sunday, earned game MVP honors with a goal and two assists in his emotional farewell to the fans in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Louisville's Denis Shvidki led PlanetUSA with a goal and four assists, and former Wolf Pack defenseman Rich Brennan, now of Lowell, scored a pair of goals in a 17-second span late in the second period. Hartford's MIKE MOTTAU recorded an assist, while VITALI YEREMEYEV stopped 10 of 11 shots in the third period but was saddled with the loss.