The cream of the crop from the WHL East and the OHL West gathered in central Alberta for the second annual Hershey Cup All-Star series.
The series consists of the best players from the QMJHL, WHL and the OHL.The League that wins the most games wins the Hershey Cup. If there are ties, the goals for/goals against tiebreaker system is in effect. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) won the first cup last year.
On Wednesday night, the aggression style of play by the WHL was exceeded by the passing and defensive plays of the OHL resulting in a 7-2 win. Western Hockey League falls in All Star Game 7-2
It looked good early for the West when Red Deer Rebel Doug Lynch scored with only 51 seconds gone in the first.
Ontario West was quick to respond when Brad Boyes of the Erie Otters snuck it past starting goaltender Josh Harding from the Regina Pats 4:48 into the period.
Coach Brent Sutter combined Brandon Segal and Tyler Beechey of the Calgary Hitmen on a line but they were unsuccessful in any points.
The first 20 minutes ended in an unlikely 1-1 tie when both tenders turned away tricky shots by doing nothing short of standing on their head.
The second half of the game was more of a one-sided goalie duo as Jason Bacashihua turned away everything in sight. Michael Garnett was not so lucky when his defense failed and was faced with many odd man rushes from the hash marks.
The contest had a player of the game for each team with the award going to Brent Kelly (OHL) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Starting goaltender Josh Harding received the award for the WHL.
After the game WHL coach Brent Sutter said there was nothing that could be done they were just simply outplayed.
“They certainly put the puck in the net. They have a lot of guys that are very highly skilled. They are a very good hockey team,” said Sutter. “ With our team it was just the situation where we got beat by a very, very good hockey team, bottom line.”