Ben Bishop Named AHL All-Star Classic MVP
January 30, 2012
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 Competition.
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.