Friday, January 19, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BOISE, Idaho - Gwinnett's Colton Fretter scored the game winner and Brad Schell sparked the American Conference's 6-3 victory over the National Conference in the ECHL All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Boise, Idaho.
The Gladiators' all-stars, including defenseman Jon Awe, helped the American Conference win for the first time in three years.
Schell, the league's leading scorer, got things rolling with a goal 4:26 into the game. Schell was in front of an unattended net to receive a feed from Augusta's Ryan Lang behind the goal.
Former Gwinnett forward Derek Nesbitt tied the game, faking out another former Gladiator, goalie Adam Berkhoel. Idaho's Nesbitt made a nice deke to the forehand and lifted a backhanded shot high, drawing a roar from the fans for the hometown player.
The Americans took a 4-1 lead with three unanswered goals in the second period, capped by Fretter's game-winner. Fretter, who leads all ECHL rookies in scoring, banged home a rebound at 16:44 after Stockton goalie Devan Dubnyk had gone down to his knees to stop the initial shot and was caught out of position.
The National Conference staged a solid comeback effort, getting within 4-3 with just under 14 minutes left in regulation. But Trenton's John Laliberte sealed the American Conference win with a one-timer at 16:42 and Toledo's Jamie Tardiff potted the empty-netter.
- Christine Troyke