West takes Skills, 18-10

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. … The Western Conference AHL All-Stars opened the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic with an 18-10 victory over their Eastern Conference counterparts in the 2012 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Complete Results Sheet

Ben Bishop of the Peoria Rivermen, who leads the AHL with six shutouts during the 2011-12 season, earned the Reebok Top Goaltender award by stopping 16 of 19 shots for the Western Conference. Bishop was 8-for-10 in the RBC Rapid Fire event, stopped two of three attempts in the Visit Atlantic City Pass and Score, and denied all six shooters in the Panasonic Breakaway Relay to capture the award.

Chicago Wolves defenseman Kevin Connauton won the Reebok Hardest Shot event with a shot of 99.4 miles per hour, and Brian Connelly, representing the Abbotsford Heat after being acquired by the Calgary Flames on Friday, won the Reebok Fastest Skater event with a lap timed at 13.851 seconds.

Ryan Keller of the Oklahoma City Barons and Trevor Smith of the Norfolk Admirals shared the Caesars Atlantic City Accuracy Shooting crown, each hitting four targets in five attempts.

The Western Conference squad will go for the sweep when the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic continues on Monday night (7:00 p.m. ET) with the annual AHL All-Star Game. Check theahl.com for air times and channels along the AHL All-Star Classic television network.

The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Caesars Entertainment, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the American Hockey League. For destination information about Atlantic City, please visit www.atlanticcitynj.com.