The Southern Conference dominated the ECHL All-Star Skills Competition Monday night at Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Ark., and the Augusta Lynx's two representatives played a part in that 15-5 win over the North.
Lynx forward Jonas Soling and defenseman Likit Andersson each competed in two events - rapid fire and breakaway relay.
In rapid fire, Soling combined with Pee Dee Pride defenseman Trevor Demmans to score on 5 of 10 attempts against Trenton Titans goalie Scott Stirling, while Andersson and Tallahassee forward Andrew Long went 4-for-10 against Peoria goalie Kenric Exner. Soling and Andersson each also scored in the breakaway relay to help the South's cause.
Along with winning the team competition, the South also swept the skills competition's individual awards.
Tallahassee's Brent Cullaton won the fastest skater event; New Orleans' Martin Bartek won in the hardest shot (98.7 mph) competition; Arkansas' Eric Long won accuracy shooting and Baton Rouge's Brian Leitza won the goaltending events.
TRENTON IN 2002:
The league's governors are expected to award the 2002 All-Star Game to the Trenton Titans today. The Titans, who play in 7,640-seat Sovereign Bank Arena, were the only team to bid on the contest.
The league's governors and team officials met Monday and Tuesday in Little Rock and will conclude meetings today. A host of issues are being addressed, including concern over a league-wide decline in attendance and the possible relocation of several franchises.
Lynx owners Peter Gillespie, the team's governor, and Mark Vieria, the team's alternate governor, attended the meetings.
Today's tape-delayed broadcast of the ECHL All-Star Game on ESPN2 will probably be the last. The league is expected to slash from its budget the $50,000 fee it pays to ESPN to televise the contest.
This is the third time the game is being aired on ESPN2. Lynx play-by-play man Jerry Canaan worked the broadcast as a rinkside reporter. The game airs at 1 p.m.
The Lynx traded goalie Reg Bourcier to the Mobile Mysticks for future considerations over the weekend.
The 21-year-old Bourcier, Augusta's opening-night starter, got off to a good start and captured the ECHL's rookie of the month honors in October. But with the return of Judd Lambert in January, the Kenora, Ontario, native was the odd-man out behind Lambert and Erasmo Saltarelli.
In 22 games with Augusta, Bourcier was 9-7-3 with a 3.65 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. He'll be back in Augusta less than a week after leaving with the Mysticks coming to town to play the Lynx on Saturday.