2016 SICHL All-Stars Shine in Londonby Michael Oram | February 29, 2016, 1:50 AM ET
The stars came out to play in London and it did not disappoint. The Canadian Conference edges out the World Conference 10-9 in the SICHL’s annual all-star game. A game in which former Monarch, Evgeni Malkin takes home MVP honours.
The Canadian Conference came out swinging with 5 goals before the ten minute mark of the first period and never looked back. Zack Parise started the goal scoring parade just 54 seconds into the game. Malkin finally responded for the World at the 9:51 mark of the first. It was a first period that had a bit of everything, except goaltending! Parise recorded 3 points in the period, Patrick Kane scored two goals himself and Blake Wheeler took the games only penalty. Meanwhile Jonas Hiller allowed 3 goals on 17 shots out-dueling World goaltender Steve Mason who allowed 6 goals on 15 shots.
The game settled down in the second period with only 4 goals allowed. 2 by each team with Steven Stamkos getting things going at the 11:11 mark and John Tavares finishing the period off at the 18:51 mark. The goaltenders faired better in this period with Braden Holtby and Tuuka Rask both allowing 2 goals on 12 shots.
The third frame saw the World Conference rally, but alas, it was too little too late. Evgeni Malkin opened and closed the period with goals at the 2:40 and 16:47 mark completing the games only hat trick. During this round of the firefight Henrik Lundqvist allowed 4 goals on 16 shots while Sergei Bobrovsky surrendered 2 on 15 shots.
Three players finished the game with 4 points: Jamie Benn, John Tavares and Evgeni Malkin. 6 players finished the night with 3 points each. Dion Phaneuf and Roman Josi, however, are two players thanking the hockey Gods that all-star stats don’t count as they each finished the night at negative 3 and zero points.
Buckingham Ice Palace in London was rocking for the festivities shattering London’s attendance record with over 30,000 fans on hand. This led to (unofficial) record shattering beer consumption in the stadium. The jovial fans spent the entire game singing boisterously cheering on their favourite players. Local pubs were packed for the event and many still are as fans from all over world continue to celebrate the occasion and swapping stories of their favourite players, teams and games.
Jersey sales also shot through the roof when the World Conference’s Hamburglar jerseys were unveiled to everyone’s delight. At one point there was even a petition circulating through the stands to change a certain team’s name (although due to intoxication levels many of the signatures were deemed invalid by league lawyers). Just don’t be surprised when fans pop up all over the league sporting these beauties.
Although the Monarchs only had Roman Josi in the game they were not short of home town favourites with a handful of former Monarchs participating in the game. Of course we have already mentioned MVP Malkin, and Blake Wheeler but other former Monarchs include Bryan Little, and Francois Beauchemin (who basically attended as a Monarch only being traded days ago).
Monarchs President of Hockey Operations stated (slurred may be more accurate) from his bar stool at a local watering hole following the game: “This was the grrrreatest…*burp* all-star thingy ever. Just look at all these fans having grrrreat times. And those jerseys. I gotta get me one of them.” Like we said, record breaking beer consumption.
In a more sober tone the Monarchs did release a statement on days festivities thanking GMs Skey and Flaming for their commitment and dedication to the league and to the event. They also thanked the league for granting London the opportunity to host the all-star game and building support for hockey in the English marketplace.
A complete game recap can be found here: http://www.sichl.com/game.php?gid=ASG
Now back to gearing up for the playoffs with the trade deadline only weeks away.