Gladiators' Lee called up to Chicago

DULUTH - Gwinnett defenseman Brian Lee was called up to the Gladiators' American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago on Wednesday.

Lee returns to the AHL after appearing in 47 games last season with Norfolk where he had a goal and six assists.

The Michigan native has a goal and five assists in 38 games for Gwinnett this season. The defensive defenseman headed to Chicago in time for the Wolves' game Wednesday night against Toronto.

Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said Chicago just asked for Lee for one game.

Pyle is expecting him back for Gwinnett's home game Friday against Florida.

"But I'm not sure," Pyle said.

Awe makes his mark

Gwinnett blueliner Jon Awe left no doubt about the velocity of his shot on Tuesday at the All-Star Skills Competition in Boise, Idaho.

Awe buried the puck, and the field, with an ECHL record speed of 102.2 mph in the hardest shot event. The old league mark, set in 1999 by Jaroslav Osbut, was 99.3 mph. The next closest player to Awe on Tuesday was his former Gwinnett teammate, Derek Nesbitt, now with the host Idaho Steelheads. Nesbitt's shot came in at 95.4 mph.

Awe tied the ECHL record for most power play goals by a defenseman with his 16th in last Friday's win over Columbia. The Memphis, Tenn., native is the league's top scoring blueliner with 42 points and returned from a call up to AHL Chicago the day before he left for the all-star event.

Americans win

The American Conference, with points earned by several Gladiators and a former Gladiator, defeated the National Conference at the ECHL All-Star Skills Competition, 18-7, a Qwest Arena. It ended the National Conference's two-year winning streak.

Brad Schell, teamed with Texas' Mike Madill and Wheeling's Paul Bissonnette, won the puck control relay. Awe took home the hardest shot trophy and scored on a similar blast in the breakaway relay.

Former Gwinnett goalie Adam Berkhoel, now with Dayton, made seven saves on 10 shots in the rapid fire competition and denied all six shooters in the breakaway relay to add to the American Conference point total.