Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Let Me See Your Skillzzz…

So a fun event was had tonight as the Western Conference rallied to beat the Eastern Conference 12-11 in the final competition of the night.

Newcomer Chad Kolarik found himself in the last event and the final event. Kolarik lost out to Lake Erie’s Andrew Agozzino in the anchor leg of the second heat and scored on his attempt in the final event, the breakaway relay against Abbotsford’s Barry Brust.

I always am intrigued in these events by fastest skater and hardest shot.

Fastest skater went to Portland’s Chris Summers, with a time of 13.324 seconds, a Skills Competition record.

Hardest shot went to Rochester’s Brayden McNabb, with a speed of 101.8 mph. Texas’ Jamie Oleksiak had his two attempts disqualified as he failed to hit the net from about 10 feet away.

The hardest shot is kind of a letdown, because every year you expect three or four guys to top 100 mph, and it rarely happens.

State of the League is tomorrow with AHL President Dave Andrews. I have always been intrigued by this and tomorrow actually get to sit in and be a part of it. I don’t plan on asking any questions cause, you know, I am covering for an actual paid professional, but I’m most interested in how the new replay system is going, whether it is a success or not and how healthy the 30 team league is.

My plan is tomorrow to have audio of the State of the League here on the blog for anyone who is as intrigues by this fireside chat with the AHL President, as I am. I’ll probably have another write-up after the All-Star Classic tomorrow too.

That’s all from Providence for now.

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