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CdM's Maloney stars in Ducks All-Star Game
ANAHEIM – Leading the league in goals and points, Corona del Mar's Tyler Maloney was nervous coming into the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
"I felt like I had a lot of pressure on me, leading in most of the categories," Maloney said. "I was pretty nervous about that."
Whatever jitters remained after the puck dropped at the Honda Center didn't slow Maloney's production as he tallied a goal and an assist for the Black Team in its 5-2 victory.
Maloney was named the game's MVP.
"I just had a blast," Maloney said. "It was pretty exciting getting to play with all the good players around the league. ... It was really fun getting to know new guys."
The Black Team fell behind in the game's first two minutes but roared back with four consecutive goals.
Orange Lutheran's Parker Dietz gave the White Team a 1-0 lead that held for the rest of the first period.
Riley Kraemer, also of Orange Lutheran, answered for the Black Team at 3:47 into the second period, evening the score at one.
The Black Team went ahead midway through the second period on a goal by Santa Margarita's Brian Desmond. Corona-Norco's Brian Fernandez led the charge down the right wing, shielding the puck with his body before backhanding a pass across the crease for Desmond to finish off.
Goals by JSerra's Chase DiBari and Damien of La Verne's Daniel Gallo added to the Black Team's lead.
Servite forward Toby Costa tallied a goal 5½ minutes into the third period, drawing the White Team to within 4-2.
Maloney put a cap on things at the 11:20 mark of the third period, jumping on a turnover and firing a wrist shot into the upper right corner of the net.
This was the second year that the league – which has expanded to 14 teams, nine at the Varsity level – has held an All-Star Game. The teams from Santa Margarita, Servite, Orange Lutheran, JSerra, Edison and Corona del Mar had at least one player in the game.
Santa Margarita, which leads the Varsity division with a perfect 11-0 league record, sent seven players to the game. One of the seven, Max Kilkuts, won the fastest skater competition during the first intermission.
Servite and Orange Lutheran each had five players in the game.
The night began with the Junior Varsity game, a high-scoring affair that the White Team won, 8-4. Tripp Krenmuir, from Los Alamitos, was credited with a hat trick and named the game's MVP.