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Quick hits: Team Pfalzer wins inaugural NWHL All-Star Game

In the inaugural National Women's Hockey League All-Star game, it was hometown girl Emily Pfalzer's team which won the honors.

Team Pfalzer defeated Team Hilary Knight at HarborCenter Sunday afternoon in front of about 1,000 fans.

The final score, 9-1, was a combination of points from the skill competition and goals in two periods of four-on-our hockey. In the game, Team Pfalzer won, 5-1.

After Team Knight hit the post, twice, Kelley Steadman found herself on a breakaway in the other direction, scoring on Jaimie Leonoff 4:19 into the first period. Meghan Duggan picked up the assist for Team Pfalzer.

Emily Field scored again for Team Pfalzer, putting in a rebound at 17:36 of the first with Shiann Darkanelo and Gigi Marvin picking up the assists.

Team Knight got the board at 2:03 of the second when Hayley Williams scored on Brittany Ott with an assist from Madison Packer.

Shiann Darkangelo's shot hit the crossbar and went in for Team Pfalzer at 12:19 with Marvin and Field picking up assists. Darkangelo and Field set up Devon Skeats for another Team Pfalzer goal at 14:46.

Steadman added her second goal of the game with 2:16 left in the game.

They got skills: It was Team Pfalzer sweeping the skills competition to kick off the afternoon festivities and take the early 4-0 lead on the overall scoreboard.

Shooting accuracy:  Team Pfalzer swept the three rounds to take the first point in the skills competition. The highlight was when Kelley Steadman (Buffalo) hit all four targets in 17.4 seconds.

Fastest skater: Team Pfalzer won another point by taking three of the five races. Emily  Pfalzer, Emily Field and Devon Skeats won for Team Pfalzer. Alyssa Gagliardi and Brianne McLaughlin won for Team Knight.

Breakaway: The competition was mostly a theatrical showcase with the winners voted by fans. The tricks included Amanda Pelkey emerging from a goalie gear bag, Jordan Brickner pulling a mini stick out from her jersey, Brianna Decker drinking a cup of Dunkin Donuts while skating in on the goalie and Kelli Stack dropping a second puck. Stack had a sharpie with her, signed the puck and then tossed it into the stands. Deker won the vote giving Team Pfalzer the point.

 

Hardest shot: Duggan held the early lead with an 80-mile-per-hour slap shot but the final skater, Megan Bozek clocked her final shot at 88 to give the point to Team Pfalzer.

Ceremonial first puck: Seymour Knox IV dropped the ceremonial first puck. His father, Seymour Knox III, and uncle, Norty, brought the NHL to Buffalo in 1970.

 

 

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