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High scoring action for All-Star game
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - Submitted by Alex Jacobs

Team Rezek with the win and the Mick McCormack cup. Photo: Rhys Lavender.

Goal was the word of the day for the 2018 AIHL All-Star Game as Team Rezek outlasted Team Boyle in a 13-8 win that saw a bit of everything… except maybe some serious defence.

A pair of goals to Team Boyle and Team Rezek had the clash off to a hot start as players quickly jumped into the action. Grant Toulmin had the opener for Team Boyle two minutes into the clash, scoring with a flickshot that teased Sebastian Andersson’s shoulder while never giving him a chance to truly stop it.

The lead was short-lived as Team Rezek bounced back with two goals in a minute through Perth’s Ben Breault and Ice Dog Ellesse Carini. Breault’s goal was one of the day’s best with the Thunder forward breaking away in a one-on-one with goalie Anthony Kimlin, who he bested with a shot through his legs. Nick Rivait had the final goal of the first to ensure it was level pegging after 15 minutes, burying a rebound that fell right into his lap.

For the second period, how do you beat a four goal start? With more goals! There was no rest for any goalie and with more lead changes than you could poke a stick at, you certainly couldn’t write off either side. Adelaide’s past and present combined for Team Boyle’s third as David Huxley notched an assist on a Caleb Apperson goal, before Ales Kratoska outshone them both. Somehow deflecting his own shot, Kratoska called on a touch of luck, regained possession, and slapped the puck home for a 3-3 scoreline.

Alex Adams after taking a dive on the ice. Photo: Rhys Lavender.

At either end limbs were flying as Andersson and Kimlin pulled off some remarkable saves to end their All-Star appearances with Glen Forbes-White and Peter Di Salvo taking their places for Team Rezek and Team Boyle respectively. Unfortunately neither goalie kept a clean sheet for long as Carini and Toulmin notched braces and pushed the score to 4-4.

Looking like the more clinical side, Team Rezek jumped ahead by two goals late in the third and it almost seemed as though they would runaway with the game - if not for a last gasp goal to Team Boyle. There was more hope for Team Boyle as Alex Adams put his flashiest moves on show with a fantastic backhanded flickshot goal, but with both teams firing the third was quickly 7-7 thanks to some free-flowing 4-on-4 play after Kratoska and Adams were penalised for… unsportsmanlike hugging.

The 2018 APA Group AIHL All-Stars. Photo: Rhys Lavender.

While it had been close all game the final 10 minutes belonged to Team Rezek who went on a scoring spree with six goals, meaning some teammates might have to put up with a touch of boasting this week. Still, there were no hard feelings, although the final moments arguably belonged to Kratoska who was flying and sliding all over the ice - before taking over in goal for a penalty shot to Adrenaline teammate, Adams. What happened? Adams scored a rocket to cap off an unimaginable All-Star Game and Kratoska’s goalie career ended quickly (we hope).

 

 

 
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TEAM GP W L D OW OL TP
Brave 28 24 4 0 0 0 72
Bears 28 15 7 0 3 3 54
Thunder 28 12 10 0 4 2 46
Mustangs 28 12 12 0 2 2 42
Northstars 28 9 11 0 4 4 39
Ice Dogs 28 10 13 0 3 2 38
Ice 28 7 15 0 2 4 29
Adrenaline 28 3 20 0 2 3 16
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PLAYER GP G A PTS
P Grandmaison (PT) 28 28 39 67
T Gerling (CB) 24 24 43 67
W Darge (CB) 26 22 34 56
G Wudrick (SID) 28 22 34 56
C Adams (SB) 24 21 33 54
R Lough (SB) 21 25 26 51
B Breault (PT) 28 19 31 50
G Toulmin (SID) 21 15 33 48
SCORING LEADERS GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
M Hewitt (CB) 26 23 1.95 .925
A Kimlin (SB) 26 17 2.39 .920
C Skip (SID) 22 11 2.74 .916
A Toivonen (MM) 14 9 2.77 .884
P Di Salvo (PT) 28 16 3.43 .909
J Downie (MI) 9 4 3.61 .874
P Pitkänen (MM) 15 5 3.63 .869
D Davis (NNS) 23 11 3.81 .889
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