No. 1 star: Brent Moran, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Moran, now Niagara's goalie of present following Chris Festarini's exit on Thursday, stood on his head by making 54 saves to help callow Niagara hold off the mighty London Knights 6-5. The upset completed the unlikeliest season sweep the OHL should see this season, with the 19th-place IceDogs now counting two triumphs over the MasterCard Memorial Cup-host Knights among their 11 victories on the season.
Moran, whose defence corps included four fellow 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old rookie, kicked out 17 Knights shots in the first period to help Niagara open a 2-0 lead. The Orleans, Ont., native kept it up in the second period, getting his body in front of several excellent close-range chances. The Knights, as so often happens when they fall behind on home ice, got a string of power plays and pulled even, twice tying the game almost immediately after the IceDogs had retaken the lead. A rather soft call on the Knights with 1:31 remaining, though, created a 5-on-3 and opened the door for Brendan Perlini (2G-1A, +3) to roof a shot in the top corner to give Niagara the lead for good.
With the victory, Moran has his first three-start win streak in the OHL. He's stopped a whopping 134 shots over those games.Read More »from Niagara IceDogs’ Brent Moran makes 54 saves to stymie Knights: Friday’s 3 Stars