Ullmark, Smith headed to AHL All-Star Classic

Linus Ullmark ranks third in the American Hockey League in save percentage (.926), fifth in goals-against average (2.33) and second in minutes played (1,361:56).
(Photo courtesy of the Rochester Americans)

By KEVIN OKLOBZIJA

Goalie Linus Ullmark and rookie left winger C.J. Smith will represent the Rochester Americans in the AHL All-Star Classic Jan. 28-29 in Utica.

Ullmark ranks third in the American Hockey League in save percentage (.926), fifth in goals-against average (2.33) and second in minutes played (1,361:56).

The third-year goaltender also participated in the 2017 All-Star event and earned the top goalie award during the skills competition.

Smith is tied for 10th in AHL scoring with 10 goals, 20 assists and 30 points in 34 games. He is tied for second in rookie scoring, one point behind Mason Appleton of Manitoba. An Amerk hasn’t led AHL rookies in scoring since Todd Simon in 1993-94.

The skills competition begins at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28. The All-Star challenge, a round-robin tournament of 3-on-3 games between the all-stars from the four divisions, starts at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29.

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