Peoria Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop was named AHL All-Star
Classic MVP after stopping 10 of 11 shots in the third period and leading the
Western Conference to an 8-7 shootout victory at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic
City, NJ. on Monday night. Rivermen center T.J. Hensick notched a goal and an
assist while rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild registered an assist.
Bishop entered the game to start the third period in goal with
the Western Conference trailing 6-5. Cory Conacher (Norfolk) improved the lead
to 7-5 before Hensick and Kevin Connauton (Chicago) goals tied the game 7-7 to
force a shootout.
Hensick scored on the first shootout attempt, which proved to be the game-winning goal for the Western
Conference while Bishop stopped all four Eastern Conference shots en route to
the win. It was Bishop’s first career appearance in the AHL All-Star Classic.
The 6’7” goaltender was also named Reebok Top Goaltender after
he stopped 16 of 19 shots for the Western Conference in Sunday’s Skills
Bishop was a late addition to the All-Star team last week after
Cedrick Desjardins (Lake Erie) suffered an injury. Bishop currently leads the
league with six shutouts and 18 wins. He was also named Reebok/AHL Player of
the Week for the period ending Jan. 15 after he stopped 70 of 71 shots in one
weekend to win both of his starts.