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West prevails in Skills Competition

SYRACUSE, N.Y. … Manitoba Moose rookie goaltender Eric Comrie stopped 17 of 19 shots to help the Western Conference to a 19-14 win (event scoresheet) over the Eastern Conference in the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Skills Competition at the historic War Memorial Arena on Sunday evening.

Comrie, a second-round draft pick by the Winnipeg Jets in 2013, won the CCM Top Goaltender award by turning aside nine of 10 attempts in the AHL Live Rapid Fire event, all three shots in the U.S. Army Pass and Score, and five of six in the Panasonic Breakaway Relay.

Derek Grant of the Stockton Heat won the CCM Fastest Skater event with a time of 14.307 seconds, and Chicago Wolves forward Pat Cannone claimed the Turning Stone Resort Casino Accuracy Shooting title by hitting four targets in five attempts. Rookie defenseman Ryan Graves of the Hartford Wolf Pack was the winner of the CCM Hardest Shot contest with a blast of 103.4 miles per hour.

The teams split the individual Sher-Wood Puck Control Relays, with Providence Bruins forward Alexander Khokhlachev and Bakersfield Condors defenseman Brad Hunt winning their heats.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic continues on Monday with the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m., featuring the induction of Bruce Cline, Ralph Keller, Jean-Francois Labbe and Bruce Landon as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2016 and also celebrating honorary All-Star Classic captains Michael Peca and Scott Walker.

The league’s mid-season showcase wraps up Monday night at 7 p.m. ET with the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Challenge, a round-robin tournament among the league’s four divisions combining 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play. Check theahl.com for air times and channels along the AHL All-Star Classic television network.