BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Teddy Purcell was king for a night.
The Manchester Monarchs rookie scored three goals in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Canadian all-stars earned a thrilling 9-8 win over PlanetUSA in the American Hockey League all-star game Monday night.
“You just have to go out and have fun,” said the St. John’s, N.L., native, who scored on a pass from Denis Hamel early in the first period and added two unassisted goals. “You just have to let things happen offensively. We were joking on the bench on how cool it would be to score the game-winner in the shootout.”
Purcell, who plays for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, was facing fellow teammates Peter Harrold and Gabe Gauthier.
“Now I can give my teammates a hard time for beating them,” said Purcell. “It was great to be able to represent my country.”
Purcell and the rest of the Canadian team torched PlanetUSA goalie Jimmy Howard for three third-period goals and added two more in the shootout.
“It’s definitely an offensive game,” said Howard, who plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins. “Teddy had a heck of a game. He’s something special. We’ll be seeing him in the NHL soon enough.”
T.J. Hensick of the Lake Erie Monsters scored a pair of goals and added two helpers for PlanetUSA.
“I just got into a groove,” said Hensick, who scored on a breakaway on his first shift of the game. “The game was more relaxed. we were playing with some very skilled players. It was a good game.”
Keith Aucoin sent Hensick in alone on a breakaway on Michael Leighton nearly two minutes into the game that gave PlanetUSA an early 1-0 lead. The Canadian team took a 2-1 lead on Purcell’s first two goals of the game.
Hamel, who captains the host Binghamton Senators, gave the sellout crowd extra reason to cheer when he scored in the shootout after missing on a breakaway in the third period.
“It was a great game, really intense,” Hamel said. “I missed so many (scoring opportunities) during the game, I couldn’t miss in the shootout.”
Joe Motzko of the Hershey Bears and Rob Schremp of the Springfield Falcons helped PlanetUSA to a 3-2 lead after the first period.
Purcell capped his natural hat trick less than two minutes into the second period with his second unassisted goal.
Toby Petersen of the Iowa Stars was awarded a penalty shot 90 seconds later scoring on Nolan Schaefer but Joey Tenute had the Canadian’s team answer off the faceoff, eight seconds later.
Joakim Lindstrom, of the Syracuse Crunch, and Martin St. Pierre, of the Rockford Ice Hogs, traded goals that knotted the game at 5-5.
Brett Sterling, of the Chicago Wolves and Hensick put PlanetUSA ahead 7-5 before the second period closed.
In the third, Corey Locke of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Andew Ebbett of the Portland Pirates and Jeff Tambellini of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored for the Canadian all stars while the lone PlanetUSA goal came from Brian Salcido of the Portland Pirates.
Schremp gave the fans something to talk about with his acrobatic moves during the second period and again during the shootout. Schremp lifted the puck and using a lacrosse carry dropped the puck in front of Canadian goalie Drew McIntyre and poked home the first shot of the shootout.
“It was a chance to try something different that you wouldn’t do in a regular season game,” Schremp said. “There wasn’t two points on the line. It was just to entertain the fans.”