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K’s stars shine as CHL tops Arizona

Nick Boucher stopped 36 of 39 shots in 1 1/2 periods and Brett Smith had a goal, as the Komets’ representatives fared well in a 6-4 victory by the CHL All-Stars over the host Arizona Sundogs at Prescott Valley, Ariz., on Wednesday.

Quad City’s Brandon Marino scored the game-winning goal, breaking a 4-all tie at 16:01 of the third period before 4,479 fans at Tim’s Toyota Center. Marino, who also had three assists, was selected MVP of the CHL team.

Kevin Petovello was MVP of the Sundogs with two goals.

The Sundogs have the second-worst record in the 14-team CHL at 10-17-6 but put up quite a fight with 75 shots on goal. Boucher’s backup, Mark Guggenberger of Texas, stopped 35 of 36 shots.

Also scoring for the all-stars were Matt Robinson of Wichita, who had two goals, along with Bruce Graham of Allen and Jeff Terminesi of Tulsa, who had an empty-netter.

Arizona also got goals from Jesse Perrin and Samson Mahbod. Sundogs goalie Scott Reid stopped 24 of 27 shots, while Mike Spillane stopped 18 of 20.

Note: The Komets have teamed up with the Vera Bradley Foundation to fight breast cancer and raise awareness of breast-cancer detection with a “Pink the Rink” weekend, Jan. 20 and 21. They will auction special jerseys and sell autographed pucks.