Utica, N.Y. - The North Division, along with Utica Comets representatives, Thatcher Demko and Reid Boucher, completed a dramatic comeback in order to win the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge at the Adirondack Bank Center, Monday.
Heading into the final round robin game against the Atlantic Division, the North fell down 3-0 before Boucher sparked a comeback, scoring a goal that would wind up being the first of four as the North advanced to the final with a 4-3 win.
In the final against the Pacific Division, the Rochester Americans' C.J. Smith scored, and Demko made a few big saves in the final moments as the North went on to win 1-0 and capture the 3-on-3 tounament championship in front of the home crowd.
Boucher finished the night with a total of three goals, while Demko, along with Amerks goalie, Linus Ullmark, backboned the North to the victory.
Smith won the All-Star Challenge MVP with four total goals, including the championship winner.
Former Utica Comets fan favorite, Alexandre Grenier, also finished with a goal for the Atlantic Division.
For a complete wrap-up with highlights and post-game reaction from Demko and Boucher, click on the video above!
(Game video courtesy of NHL Network)
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