JEFFREY HELPS CANADA TO ALL-STAR WIN
Dustin Jeffrey scored with 5:19 remaining in regulation, then went on to set up fellow starter Alexandre Giroux’s game-tying goal in the Canadian All-Stars’ 10-9 shootout victory over the PlanetUSA All-Stars at the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic on Tuesday night.
Jeffrey finished the night with a game-high three points (1+2), all of which came against PlanetUSA goaltender Alex Stalock, and all of which came with the Canada All-Stars trailing 9-5 with 12:12 left in the third period.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ leading scorer set up linemate Logan Couture’s goal at 7:48 of the third period, on a nice play that saw the Worcester Sharks center beat his regular-season teammate Stalock. Binghamton Senators winger Ryan Keller notched his second goal of the night to bring the Canadian squad to within 9-7.
Jeffrey then went on to pot his goal by backhanding the puck in and past Stalock off of a goalmouth scramble to pull the Canadian squad to 9-8. Giroux then tallied his tying goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation to complete the exciting comeback.
PlanetUSA forward and AHL leading scorer Keith Aucoin was the only shooter to beat Canada goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, whose four saves included stops on Nathan Gerbe, Mikko Lehtinen, Sergei Shirokov, and Brett Sterling. Canada’s Couture and P.K. Subban were able to find the net behind Stalock to launch the Canada squad to victory.
It was the second time in the past three years that Canada came back to defeat PlanetUSA in a shootout. The Canadian squad defeated PlanetUSA 9-8 in the shootout in 2008 at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton.
Portland Pirates’ own Tyler Ennis was named All-Star Game MVP.
Team Canada went on to outshoot PlanetUSA 51-36.