Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates don’t disappoint in Bingo

For those who attended the AHL Skill Competition, they certainly received a bang for their buck.

PlanetUSA easily defeated the Canadian AHL All-Stars, 15-9, but the players for both sides certainly put on a clinic of their on-ice skills tonight.

After the event, everyone was still buzzing about Canadian forward Mark Mancari of the Rochester Americans who destroyed the old AHL record with a blast of 102.8mph in the hardest shot competition. Just to put it in perspective, Boston’s Zdeno Chara won the NHL SuperSkills competition with a shot of 103.1mph, so Mancari was only three-tenths of his shot.

Bobby Ryan tried his hardest (no pun intended) in the hardest shot competition, although I question why that event and not the accuracy shooting, but regardless he put forth a solid and consistent effort with shots of 96.2mph and 96.3mph.

Andrew Ebbett received a nice welcome from the near capacity crowd at the Broome County Veteran Memorial Arena, a former player of the Binghamton Senators. Now with the Pirates, Ebbett is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals, 38 assists for 48 points in 48 games. He would take part in the fastest skater event with a time of 14.875, but he had some issues with in the corners not being able to push off, which accounted for the time, but still a good effort.

The third member of the Pirates contingent in Binghamton is Brian Salcido, who took part in the rapid fire contest. Salcido went 1-for-5 against former Pirate goaltender Michael Leighton.

Notes: Besides the Pirates representatives, the AHL All-Star Classic carried a Maine connection. Taking part in the festivities for PlanetUSA are former Pirates Clay Wilson (Syracuse), Joe Motzko (Hershey) and former UMaine and Lisbon native Greg Moore, while the Canadian AHL All-Stars are represented by former Pirates goaltender Michael Leighton (Albany) and defenseman Brett Skinner (Providence) and former UMaine player Teddy Purcell (Manchester).

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