Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The East Division win's very tight USHL All Star Game in OT

The 2010 USHL All Star Game turned out to be a very tight back and fourth affair where the game was very close and neither side was out of it at all for the entire night. In the end, it was Indiana's Nick Bailen, the physical forward who's been with the team since 2005 has racked up more then 300 penalty minutes in his junior career is the unlikely hero for the East Division back on Tuesday night.

Press Release from the United States Hockey League Website:

Des Moines Buccaneers forward Ryan Walters registered the fourth hat trick in USHL All Star Game History, but it was defensemen Nick Bailen who was the hero for the East Division to win in the final seconds of OT to win the All Star Game for the East Division.

In a game that saw the clubs trade goals all evening, it was only fitting that it needed more then 60 minutes to decide the outcome. It was a night full of goals, saves, great passes, and several big hits in a night that saw everything and then some. Nate Condon (Fargo Force) opened the scoring just under 3 minutes into the contest to give the West Division a 1-0 lead. Tom Serratore (Youngstown Phantoms), a late All Star Addition, and Max Cook of the Indiana Ice responded with a pair of goals in favor of the East Division. Ryan Walters (Des Moines Buccaneers) scored the first of his 3 goals to even the contest heading into the first intermission.

Walters gave the West their second lead of the game early in the 2nd period. Shane Berschbach was the 2nd Indiana Ice player of the night to tally a goal when he evened the game later in the frame with a brilliant pass from Ice teammate Max Cook.

Tyler Barnes (Waterloo Blackhawks) helped the East Division regain the lead, but Ryan Walters finished off his hat trick a little more then 6 minutes later to tie the score again.

After 60 minutes of play, the game went into OT with each team skating 4 players a side. It appeared to be heading into a shootout but defensemen Nick Bailey (Indiana Ice) fired a puck that found the back of the night with just 13 seconds remaining in the OT period to give the East Division the 5-4 win.

Troy Grosenick (Cedar Rapids Roughriders) earned the victory in net making 14 saves after entering the game midway through the 2nd period.

Nate Condon was named the player of the Game for the West Division, while Nick Bailen was honored as the player of the game for the East Division. The game's MVP went to Ryan Walters with his 3 goal performance.

As for Omaha Lancers forward and Dallas Native C.J. Ludwig, he had no points in the game and was a -2 for the night. He also fired off 2 shots on goal, in all, not a great night but he will defiantly remember this experience and he will benefit against playing against the league's best.

Game Summary

West Division 4 East Division 5 (OT) (2-2, 1-1, 1-1, 0-1)
1-0: Nate Condon (Schmidt) 2:55 1st
1-1: Tom Serratore (Seckel) 4:02 1st
1-2: Max Cook (Berschbach, Holmstrom) 11:11 1st
2-2: Ryan Walters (White) 15:32 1st
3-2: Ryan Walters (Schwartz) 3:54 2nd
3-3: Shane Berschbach (Cook, Aneloski) 12:46 2nd
3-4: Tyler Barnes (Lee) 7:16 3rd
4-4: Ryan Walters (Voran) 13:26 3rd
4-5: Nick Bailen (Furne, Anthoine) 4:47 OT

SOG: West 37 East 26
PIM: West None East None

West: Jeff Teglia 9 SVS on 11 Shots Clay Witt 12 SVS on 15 Shots
East: Steve Summerhays 19 SVS on 22 Shots Troy Grosenick 14 SVS on 15 Shots

ATT: 2226

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