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Demko, Boucher and the North Division win 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge

The North Division, which includes the hometown Utica Comets, came from behind in the last round robin game, then beat the Pacific Division 1-0 in the final to win the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 12:05 AM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 12:29 AM

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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