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Hodgson scores three goals to lead East over West at OHL all-star game

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Cody Hodgson wasn't about to be intimidated by the Western Conference's reputation.

The Brampton Battalion star had three goals and an assist as the Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference 11-6 in a high-scoring Ontario Hockey League all-star game Wednesday.

Hodgson was pleased to have played a significant role in helping the Eastern Conference to its fourth straight all-star victory.

"We always hear a lot about how strong the Western Conference is, so it's nice to keep our winning streak going," said the first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks. "There were a lot of great passes and plays tonight and I think that everyone had a lot of fun."

Western Conference head coach Steve Spott of the Kitchener Rangers took the loss in stride.

"There was a lot of passion out there tonight," he said. "While there might not have been a lot of backchecking, there was no shortage of effort from both teams.

"Many of the guys who played tonight are either the captain or assistant captain of their teams, so there was not a lot of things that had to be said to them before they game. They all knew what to do".

The game was played with honorary team captains Adam Graves (West) and Steve Yzerman (East) looking on. Graves, who had his number nine retired on Tuesday in New York by the Rangers, played in the OHL for the Windsor Spitfires while Yzerman, a Detroit Red Wing legend, played for the Peterborough Petes.

The teams split six goals in the first period as Hodgson, PK Subban and Ethan Werek scored for the Eastern Conference while Justin DiBenedetto, Taylor Hall and Greg Nemisz replied for the Western Conference.

While Mike Murphy had to contend with only 14 shots in the Eastern Conference net, Andrew Engelage was peppered with 23 shots at the other end.

Stefan Della Rovere, Alex Hutchings and Hodgson, with his second of the game put the Eastern Conference up by three goals before DiBenedetto replied with his second goal for the Western Conference.

Thomas McCollum replaced Murphy while Engelage gave way to Edward Pasquale midway through the middle period.

The Eastern Conference exploded for five goals in the third period to clinch the victory. Hodgson completed his hat trick and Hutchings and Werek both scored their second goals of the game in the third period. Corey Cowick and Zack Kssian had the Eastern Conference's other third period goals.

DiBenedtto, with his third goal of the game and Nazem Kadri replied for the Western Conference in the final period.

DiBenedetto and Hodgson were named the stars of the game.

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