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North beats south in all-star challenge

The North side were the clear winners at last Saturday's North versus South men's hockey challenge at the Sunshine Coast Arena.

The North side were the clear winners at last Saturday's North versus South men's hockey challenge at the Sunshine Coast Arena.

North prevailed 11-4 in the game which pitted 34 of the Coast's best hockey players (17 from the North and 17 from the South).

After a slow start, the North side jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back.

Before the second period was four minutes old, the North had increased its lead to 6-0 before the South managed to get on the board.

Three more North goals rounded out the period as the North led 9-1 after 40 minutes.

The third period saw both teams basically go through the motions, each scoring a pair of goals.

David Arduin, Tom Poulton and Bill Stockwell each scored a pair of goals for the North side while Dwight Davison, Wade Fischer, Jamie McPhail, Darren Kohuch and Cody Munsen added singles.

Jarred Ruttley was named North MVP on the strength of his strong play and assisting on four of the 11 goals.

Dan Hemstalk and Brian Scoular picked up the win splitting goal-tending duties for the North side.

Drew Johnson led the South side with two goals, with Vaughn Winmill and Blake Randall adding singles. Blair Patterson was selected as the South MVP. Goalies Cory Hergott and Jason Silverthorne shared goal-tending duties for the South.

The all-star game wasn't the only entertainment for the 300-plus in attendance.

The night started with a 10-minute mini-hockey game between the Panthers and Oilers from the Novice division of the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association.

District of Sechelt councillor Mike Shanks was also on hand for the ceremonial puck drop between Taylor Fancher, who was the minor hockey Bantam rep player for the North side, and Cody Haikonen, minor hockey Bantam rep player for the South side.

Five lucky fans also got a chance to shoot a puck from centre ice during the second period intermission.

Top prize was a vintage Vancouver Canucks jersey donated by Trail Bay Sports, and secondary prizes of pizzas from Angelo's Pizza, car wash coupons from Powerclean Car Wash and two prints and cards donated by Shannon Hergott were also up for grabs.

The jersey was not won on the ice, but later in the night, Tana Dailey was drawn as the lucky winner. Katie Duncan was also a big winner as she won the 50/50 draw.

Besides all the sponsors, event organizers wish to thank Carol Poulton, Lindsey Davison, Tina Allen, Kim Leverman and Denise Scoular for their help during the event.

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