Must have been the coaching (wink, wink) -- the ECHL All-Stars, with Alaska Aces head coach Rob Murray serving as bench boss, beat the Colorado Eagles, 7-3, tonight in the league's All-Star Game in Loveland, Colo.
Playing in front of the usual sellout crowd of 5,289 at the Budweiser Events Center, South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Ryan Zapolski was named Most Valuable Player after stopping all 17 shots he faced in the second period.
Aces rookie defenseman William Wrenn earned an even rating and fired one shot on goal -- Colorado outshot the All-Stars 52-27, but the All-Stars scored on five of their nine second-period shots.
Wheeling Nailers defenseman Andrew Hotham scored two goals on two shots.
The Aces were also represented by equipment manager Mike Burkhead. Murray, Wrenn and Burkhead will fly home Thursday, and the Aces open a three-game series against the San Francisco Bulls with Friday night's game at Sullivan Arena.