Three Ice players participated in tonight's USHL-NHL Prospects Game in Muskegon -- essentially, the replacement for the All-Star Game, the contest shows off the top draft-eligible players from across the league.
The Ice's Robbie Baillargeon shone brightly, scoring the East's first two goals in a 5-3 victory. He also had several more good chances, getting five shots on goal.
Baillargeon's first goal came when he stole a clearing pass and deked goaltender Stephon Williams out of position in the goalmouth before slinging the puck into the open net with 1:46 left in the first. It cut the West lead to 2-1, but Baillargeon quickly tied the game in the second, cashing in on a great goalmouth feed from Muskegon's Jordan Masters at 4:07.
The Ice's Robert Polosello also had an assist on a goal at 10:06 of the second scored by Green Bay's Nicholas Schilkey -- a goal that initially wasn't allowed, but was upon further consultation with the goal judge. Polosello also got five shots off.
Jon Gillies was the winning goaltender. He came in with a 3-2 lead midway through the second, quickly allowed the tying goal on a deflection, and then was a brick wall, stopping 19 consecutive shots to seal the victory.
Former Ice player Cody Bradley, now of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, also played for the East in the game.