No. 1 Star - Jonatan Tanus, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
The Peterborough Petes have been on a surprising run as of late. There are seven games to go in the OHL's regular season, and all of a sudden the Petes are just 2 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. At one point before the start of Jody Hull's tenure in late December, the Petes were 16 points out.
But they're still two out after a 4-3 shootout win against Ottawa on Thursday, and the Frontenacs have a couple of games in hand. The Petes got two late shorthanded goals to come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit to tie to the game 3-3 in front of 2560 fans at the Memorial Centre. It was the first year Finnish import, Jonatan Tanus, who tied the game with Michael Clarke in the box for cross-checking with just 1:01 on the clock.
Things aren't rosy for the 67s, and you can forgive a team for not playing well with the lead when they haven't had too many on the season, but the comeback (the other shorthanded goal, scored earlier in the third, came from Nick Ritchie) could prove instrumental. Tanus scored the only goal in the shootout for the win. It's worth noting that down 3-0 by the end of the first, the Petes peppered the Ottawa net with shots. Clint Windsor, the journeyman backup and—by name merits—future news anchor, stopped 43 of 46 in the loss, and two of three in the shootout.
No. 2 Star - Olivier Archambault, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
Not a lot of action in the CHL tonight with just nine games cross-country, and few of them meant much. The contest between the Voltigeurs and the Saguenéens was important for Drummondville because leap-frogging a team or two in the stretch run means getting to play P.E.I. or Rouyn-Noranda in the first round of the playoffs rather than Moncton or Québec.Read More »from Comeback win keeps Petes in playoff hunt – Thursday’s 3 Stars