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AHL all-stars: Arcobello makes a mark

Published 11:03 pm, Monday, January 28, 2013
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STAYING HOT: The Western Conference's starting forward line didn't really get things going until late in the second period of Monday's AHL All-Star Game, but when it did, Milford's Mark Arcobello was right in the middle of it.

"(Ryan) Hamilton and (Andrew) Agozzino found a little chemistry," said Arcobello, the Fairfield Prep and Yale product, who had three assists in the West's 7-6 win at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.

Hamilton scored goals off all three of those assists, including the game-winning goal with 11.2 seconds remaining, and was named MVP.

Arcobello, 24, was Oklahoma City's representative this weekend. He has 12 goals and 23 assists in his third pro season.

"There are some pretty big names here, some big players," Arcobello said. "To be lumped in with that group is an honor."

THUMPING: It wasn't like he ran his old college teammate through the boards or anything, but Matt Donovan's all-star-game body check drew some attention early in the second period.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman hit San Antonio's Drew Shore early in the second period. He took a little bump in return from Houston's Jason Zucker, their teammate at Denver.

"I looked up and saw it was Shore," Donovan said. "He and I are good friends. I decided to give him a little bump. I don't know how he went down."

Bridgeport teammate Nino Niederreiter had an assist on Bracken Kearns' goal in the second period.

"The best part to me was just getting to know all the players," Niederreiter said.

He said he was impressed at the AHL Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday afternoon, when Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander was one of four men honored.

"They didn't talk about how many wins, losses points," Niederreiter said.

"The only thing they were talking about was the friendships they made, what they experienced."

TO VICTOR: Victor Bartley seemed well on his way to establishing himself with the Sound Tigers in 2009-10, coming up from the ECHL, when his stint was cut short after just eight games.

"I made the best of the opportunity," Bartley said. "I started playing my best hockey, and then unfortunately I tore my triceps."

Out from mid-January on, Bartley was on the verge of returning when the Sound Tigers' season ended in the playoffs.

He moved on to a year in Sweden, returning to North America with Nashville in 2011. It has been a good fit, and he was Milwaukee's representative on the Western Conference all-star team.

"They've given me an opportunity to play in all situations down in Milwaukee," Bartley said.

The Predators gave him a call up to training camp after the NHL lockout.

"It was great to just get there," Bartley said, "see how all those guys do about their day-to-day business."

-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO

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