Golly Gee -- he was great!

Western Divison netminder Gee Nash makes the save on Eastern forward Geoff Snider during NLL...

Western Divison netminder Gee Nash makes the save on Eastern forward Geoff Snider during NLL all-star action in Edmonton on Sunday. SUN MEDIA/Jason Franson

TY PILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Goalies aren't supposed to steal the show at all-star games.

That's especially true when it comes the National Lacrosse League's annual showcase event, in which the best snipers in the league usually light up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree.

Someone forgot to tell Gee Nash that.

The Colorado Mammoth 'tender and 2004 NLL goalie of the year, voted the starter for the West Division side, stopped 32 of the 37 shots he faced during the first half before being spelled off by San Jose's Anthony Cosmo for the final 30 minutes of play.

Nash was at his best in the first quarter, when he held the talent-laden East side to only a single goal on 14 shots, which is believed to be an NLL all-star record.

The 27-year-old Ajax, Ont. product was a close runner-up to East Division standout and Calgary native Geoff Snider when it came to the game's MVP nod.

Nash was quick to give some of the credit for his performance to a goalie's best friends.

"I was all right," said Nash, the No.-2 overall pick in the 1999 draft. "They had a ton of posts so I think I'll thank my posts, as well."

Heading into yesterday's game, Nash was second in the league when it came to goals-against average (9.94) and tied for fifth with a save percentage of .770.

"It was a lot of fun," said Nash of the game, despite the fact his team squandered that first-half lead he gave them and lost 17-16 in overtime.

"These games are a little more laid-back. It was a good time and a good show."

Lewis Ratcliff, a forward with the Calgary Roughnecks, agreed Nash's numbers were exceptional.

"One goal is good in a regular game. In an all-star game, it's pretty unreal," said Ratcliff, who scored twice for the West.

"They were all crazy shots (Nash faced). It makes it even harder when they're all backhanders and twisters (reverse backhands). He did a great job."

East sniper John Grant Jr. -- who won Saturday night's hardest shot and trick-shot competition during the all-star skills contest -- shook his head when asked about Nash's performance.

"What did he have, like 60 saves in that half?," joked Grant, who scored twice on Nash. "That was pretty impressive. He made some big saves."

Buffalo Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis concurred.

"He stopped the best of the best," said Steenhuis, who also scored a pair of first-half goals on Nash.

"Hats off to him. We were happy for him. It's one of those games you don't feel so bad about when your opponents do well."


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