East leaves it late in dramatic All-star finish

Saturday’s NWJHL All-star game was so entertaining, they decided to extend it.  Trailing 5-0 heading into the third period, the Eastern All-stars mounted a late comeback, before winning it in overtime.

In a fast-paced and at-times physical contest, the Western All-stars got the best of the first period, making good on their speedy counter-attack, to beat former Huskies goaltender Zack Blain three times.  They got to Grande Prairie’s Kris Dika twice in the third, and seemed to be on cruise control, heading into the third period with a 5-0 lead.

But, led by Wheeler Cory Littman, the East got hungry in the third period, beating Dawson Creek’s Cody Garnett six times, before he pulled himself, sending hometown favourite Justin Jarvis back into the game.  Jarvis had been excellent in the first, but Whitecourt’s league-leading scorer Kjell Reid found a hole in four-on-four overtime, giving the East a 7-6 win. 

Huskies forwards Cody Hildebrand and Robbie Sidhu both found the back of the net on Saturday, while Luke McInerney, Cody Kalb, and Kyle Porter all registered assists.  The West also got goals from Vipers Nolan Trudeau and Luke Heiken, Jr. Canuck John-Wayne Howes, and Blade Aaron Dumas. 

Fort St. John goalie Ty Gullickson held the fort in the second period, stopping all eight shots he faced, and making a sensational post-to-post save in the final minute.  

Cory Littman led the way for the East, posting two goals and an assist, while Wheelers Kyle Weegar, Keith Comeau, and Nathan Johnson, Wolf Colter Tkach, and Wolverine Kjell Reid also found the back of the net. 

The Huskies return to the regular season with two road games next weekend.  On Friday, the pups visit Dawson Creek, before they head to Peace River on Saturday.  Catch both games live on Moose FM, starting at 7:45.