DENVER — Colorado College’s Jimmy Kilpatrick and Air Force’s Eric Ehn played together with the Green Bay Gamblers (United States Hockey League) and on Friday helped the West Men’s squad to a 13-6 victory over the East squad at the 2008 Frozen Four Skills Challenge.
In the first event, the Puck Control Relay, Ehn’s three-skater team lost their first heat, but Kilpatrick’s team (he was joined by Nino Musitelli of Miami (Ohio) and Lake Forest’s Courtney DeHoey). After winning the heat, Kilpatrick was interviewed on ESPNU by former Colorado College player Jim Paradise.
In the fastest skater competition, Kilpatrick edged out Musitelli with a time of 4.67 (from goal line to offensive blue line), but finished third behind Denver’s Andrew Thomas (4.61) and Providence’s Jon Rheault (4.65). Ehn faced off against Thomas and it was clear he is still coming back from his left fibula injury.
Thomas was edged out by Rheault, but Denver coach George Gwozdecky protested the false start. WCHA head referee Greg Shepherd jokingly came over to the West bench to quiet Gwozdecky and Thomas couldn’t beat Rheault the second time around.
Neither Kilpatrick or Ehn competed in the hardest shot competition.
Kilpatrick tapped Denver goaltender Peter Mannino’s pads — Mannino saved seven of eight shots –before facing off against East goaltender Justin Mrazek of Union in the rapid shot competition, which involves pass from the goal line and tests the goalie. Kilpatrick scored on two of eight shots.
Kilpatrick faced Mrazek again in the penalty shot competition (one point for each made), as did Ehn, and wowed the crowd with a move that involved bouncing the puck on his stick and shooting it as it hit the ice.