No. 1 star: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
There's a bonus for St. Louis Blues fans: one of their brightest stars was nails in a come-from-behind overtime win on the same night that their beloveds advanced in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Rattie, finally free of any ill effects from a questionable hit from Kamloops' JC Lipon earlier in the playoffs, scored a short-handed hat trick goal 7:58 into extra time to give Portland a 5-4 road win over the Tri-City Americans and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final. The Rat Trick, as he's come to be known, also tied the game with 1:53 left in the third period after defenceman Derrick Pouliot (four primary assists) took a well-placed shot that produced a fat rebound.
As was the case in their Game 1 overtime win, the Winterhawks faced an Americans power play in overtime. Tri-City was 5-for-10 in the series on the PP and seemed poised to strike. But Rattie poked the puck by the Ams' Justin Feser and broke away 2-on-1 with Sven Bärtschi. He then toe-dragged Patrick Holland, who was in the unenviable position of being a forward defending a rush, and snapped in the winner.Read More »from Portland Winterhawks’ Ty Rattie snipes short-handed OT winner to top Saturday’s 3 Stars