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The 2019 AHL All-Star Classic is in the books! The next time the event will be held, it will be on home ice at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with the Reign hosting the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic.
Looking back at the last two days, Reign defenseman Sean Walker and forward Sheldon Rempal represented Ontario well, as they completed their weekend at the AHL All-Star Classic in Springfield, MA.
Rempal kicked things off right off the bat, participating in the first leg of the Puck Control Relay. Rempal’s team was victorious over its counterparts from the Eastern Conference, earning the first goal of the evening.
Next up was Walker, who led off the Fastest Skater contest with a time just over 14 seconds. Walker’s time was the fifth fastest in the event, but the Western Conference had the faster overall average time, earning another goal in the overall standings.
Rempal and Walker both found success in their second events.
Rempal scored on three-of-five shots in the Puck Control Relay, beating hometown netminder Samuel Montembault from the left side. Walker’s three-man unit scored on two of three attempts in the Pass and Score event, striking on Hershey’s Vitek Vanacek.
The last event of the competition was the Breakaway Relay, with Rempal unsuccessful on his trademark deke to the backhand, while Walker scored after he chipped the puck in after an attempted diving poke check by Vanacek. The Western Conference took the Skills Competition by a 17-14 final.
The All-Star Challenge began on a high note for the Pacific Division, with both Reign skaters finding the back of the net in Game 1, a 4-2 victory over the North Division. Rempal extended his team’s lead from 1-0 to 2-0 early in the second half, scoring glove side high from the slot.
With just over a minute to play and the game tied at two, Walker sprung into action, skating in alone down the left wing and beating Syracuse’s Connor Ingram through the five hole to put the West Coast squad ahead with 61 seconds to play.
The Pacific lost both of its remaining games, however Rempal and Walker connected on a goal in both games, including this skillful tally late in the third game against the Central Division. Walker found the back of the net in each game, with Rempal assisting on his final two goals.
Thus concludes another AHL All-Star Classic – Thank You to Springfield for being a gracious host! We’ll see everyone next season, as the event heads to our house in Ontario, the first time the event will ever be held in California.