CHARLES HUDON NAMED CO-MVP OF AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
‘Dogs forward notches three goals, one assist to pace Western Conference All-Stars to 14-12 victory
Hamilton Bulldogs Media release
UTICA, N.Y. – Hamilton Bulldogs forward Charles Hudon notched three goals and one assist and was named co-most valuable player of the American Hockey League All-Star Classic as he led the Western Conference All-Stars to a 14-12 victory over the Eastern Conference All-Stars at Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, N.Y. on Monday evening. Utica Comets goaltender Jacob Markstrom shared the MVP honours with a 16-save performance in the first period of the game.
Hudon’s first of three goals on the night came at 15:02 of the first period when he streaked into the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot that beat St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Connor Hellebuyck low blocker side.
The Hamilton rookie’s second goal of the evening was scored at 9:10 of the second period when he was sprung on a breakaway by Charlotte Checkers defenceman Ryan Murphy, then dangled Manchester Monarchs goaltender Jean-Francois Berube in tight before firing the puck top shelf.
Less than six minutes later, Hudon completed the hat trick with a one-handed, backhand deke reminiscent of Peter Forsberg’s legendary shootout goal from the 1994 Winter Olympics. Oklahoma City Barons forward Andrew Miller and Rockford IceHogs defenceman T.J. Brennan were credited with assists.
Hudon completed his four-point night with a first assist on the Western Conference’s 14th and final goal of the night, scored by Adirondack Flames forward Drew Shore. Flames forward Emile Poirier had a second assist on the play.
In his first season as a pro, Hudon has recorded 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Bulldogs in 2014-15. The 5-10, 184-pound forward currently leads all AHL rookies in points and sits tied for sixth overall in league scoring. The 20-year-old Alma, Que. native was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round (122nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
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