Stars Shine Bright on All-Star Night!

by Jon Hilke

Fenton, MO – 28 All-Stars representing 23 schools descended on the Fenton Forum on Wednesday night. The All-Stars were divided up into two teams (East and West) and competed in a two period game.  The winning team would then play the 2019 Junior College National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association National Champion St. Louis Community College Archers.

The East team started the scoring as Ryan Lindsey (Northwest) and Zach Maupin (Fox) both tallied a goal. The West team then responded with four goals as Tyler Bradley (FHC) lit the lamp three times and Andrew LaBeau (FZN) got his first of the game. With West leading 4-2, Zach Maupin and Justin Jacoby (SLUH) each found the back of the net for the East team tying the score 4-4. The West team responded as Austin Meers (Duchesne) gave the West a 5-4 lead heading into the 2nd period.

During the intermission, the fastest skater competition took place as five All-Stars from each team participated. Four players (all from the East team) advanced to the semifinals, but it was Oakville’s Connor Bradley who won a set of Kemistry wheels and was crowned the fastest skater!

The East team started the 2nd period off quickly as Timothy Pazdernik (Vianney), Justin Jacoby, Alex Koeller (Seckman), and Blake Dangos (Lindbergh) all scored to give their team an 8-5 lead.  The West responded with goals from LaBeau and Joey Solimando (FZS) to get within one at 8-7. Dangos got the East back a two-goal lead but it would not last long. The West poured it on late with goals by Kade Uetz (Washington), Solimando (two goals), and Michael Deeba (CBC). The West defeated the East by a final score of 11-9. Francis Howell Central’s Tyler Bradley (3 goals & 2 assists) was named the 2019 MOIHA All-Star MVP and took home a set of Kemistry wheels.

After the completion of the game, the sniper and top goaltender competitions took place. Francis Howell’s Johnny Wehmeyer won the sniper competition and Oakville’s Chase Christopher won top goaltender honors. Each player received a set of Kemistry wheels. 

To end the evening the West All-Stars fell to the Junior College national champions St. Louis CC Archers by the score of 5-3. The entire Archers roster was made up of players that had played in MOIHA in the past.

 MOIHA would like to thank and congratulate St. Louis CC for coming out to participate in the event. MOIHA would also like thank Tour Hockey and Labeda for their event sponsorships. Congratulations to all the players that participated and good luck the rest of the season.