Amerks Notebook: McNabb shines in AHL All-Star Classic
by Mike Repertorio/Correspondent
After T.J. Brennan (Willingboro, N.J.), Marcus Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Cody Hodgson were all called up to Buffalo at the start of the season, it left the Amerks with only two All-Star representatives: defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Kevin Porter. Yes, there could have been as many as five Rochester reps at the game, but two would be more than enough for the Western Conference as they came away with a 12-11 win in the Skills Competition and a 7-6 win at the 2013 All-Star Game.
McNabb made some big waves in both events during the All-Star break. Called upon by the Western Conference in the hardest shot competition, McNabb came out victorious. As only the fifth player in the 18-year history of the event to break 100 miles per hour, McNabb won the challenge with a 101.8 mph blast. One night later, in the game, McNabb also contributed to the win with one assist.
McNabb also participated in the H&R Block Breakaway Challenge. Kevin Porter participated in the Sher-Wood Puck Control Relay, the CCM Fastest Skater Competition (finished third overall - 13.828 seconds), and the Pepsi Pass and Score Competition.
The Week in Review
In their last game before the All-Star break, the Amerks played host to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. With goals from Mark Pysyk, Brian Flynn, Adam Pardy and Kevin Sundher, the Amerks came out on top with a 4-2 victory. Assists on the night came from Mark Mancari (2), Phil Varone, Evan Rankin, Alex Biega, McNabb, Pysyk and Porter.
The Week Ahead
February, 1 | Home vs Toronto Marlies
February, 2 | Away vs Syracuse Crunch
February, 5 | Away vs Abbotsford Heat