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The stars gathered in Prairie State this weekend for the 2004 GOHL

All-Star game.  The weekend festivities wrapped up Sunday afternoon as

a standing room only crowd welcomed the GOHL stars.  No one left

dissapointed as the two teams combined for 92 shots in an end to end

battle with the Bowman Conference All Stars holding on for a 4-3 win.

  

Goaltending was the the key at the start and in the end, but the

goal scorers owned the middle of the game. The two teams combined for 6

goals in the 2nd period, 4 of them coming in a 2 minute span in the

middle of the period.

  

The Bowman Stars scored the game's only 1st period goal, Hull and

Richards setting up a one-timer from Spacek at the 17:15 mark of the

first.  The Sather Stars got it right back just 5 minutes into the 2nd

on a break away goal from Morrison to even things at 1.  Then the

fireworks began...just after each team made a change in goal.  Milan

Hejduk got it started for the Bowman Stars with a redirection of a

Peter Forsberg shot.  Hejduk's goal came on the power play and gave the

Bowman Stars a 2-1 lead.  Just 51 seconds later the Bowman Stars made

it 3-1 on a Ryan Smyth goal set up nicely from Brett Hull. Before

anyone had a chance to sit back down it was 4-1 when Richards got in

right from the draw just 18 seconds later.  The Bowman Stars had scored

3 times in just 1:09 and led 4-1.  Markus Naslund got the Sather Stars

back in the game with a goal coming just 49 seconds later.  A mistake

in the Bowman end left Naslund all alone with Patrick Roy and Naslund

put one up over Patty's shoulder cutting the lead to 4-2.  The Sather

Stars would get closer before the 2nd was out.  Mats Sundin beat Roy

off a Todd Bertuzzi feed at 18:53 and the '04 All Star game was a 1

goal affair heading into the 3rd.

 

   The Sather Conference Stars held nothing back in the game's final 20

minutes.  They peppered Roy throughout the period, but Roy had all the

answers.  He turned back all 20 Sather shots in the 3rd, preserving the

Bowman Confrence 4-3 win.  Without a dominant offensive star, Roy was

named the game's MVP.  Roy stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in the

game.