Tonight was the first piece of the 2016 AHL All-Star festivities in Syracuse. Frédérick Gaudreau took part in three events on the evening: Sher-Wood Puck Control Relay, U.S. Army Pass and Score, and Panasonic Breakaway Relay.
Gaudreau took part in the very first event of the night which was the Sher-Wood Puck Control Relay. His team of Pat Cannone and Brendan Ranford lost out to the Eastern All-Stars of Will O’Neill, Seth Griffith, and Nick Cousins. Cannone botched the puckhandling on the second pylon and Gaudreau did a decent job to close the gap when racing against Griffith. Sadly, when it came to Ranford and Cousins, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward put in a blinder of a last leg to give them the win.
The next event for Gaudreau was the U.S. Army Pass & Score. He had T.J. Tynan and Mikko Rantanen trying to score on goaltender Yann Danis. All three players passing on the three-on-none breakaway had to touch the puck before shooting on goal. They had three chances. The first one ran a little too deep before getting a shot away. The second chance was polished off by Tynan after Gaudreau left a drop pass in front of the net. And the final chance ended with a great post-to-post save by Danis to deny Rantanen on a one-timer from a Gaudreau feed.
As the final event started the score of the AHL Skills Competition was tied at 9-9 between the Western and Eastern All-Star teams. Leave it to a shootout to decide the winner, eh? Gaudreau took part in the Panasonic Breakaway Relay and missed his shootout attempt after striking iron. He pulled the move he’d been using a lot this season where he stutter steps a touch, pump fakes a shot, and then rips a writser. Gaudreau simply didn’t get enough of the inside of the post to bank it back in. Luckily for him, the rest of the Western All-Stars held up -especially the goaltenders- to give the Western Conference a win in the Skills Competition by a final score of 19-14.