Russian rookie Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar photo)No. 1 Star: Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
It was a fairly uneventful night in the CHL tonight, but the big story was an 8-2 blowout of one of the Q's best teams, the Quebec Remparts at the hands of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. That's for a number of reasons. The first is Valentin Zykov, a 1995-born product out of St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida) and taken with a late selection in the import draft, scored goals 7, 8 and 9 on the season for the hat-trick.
That's one of the big stories. Zykov is a first-time eligible draftee this upcoming June and he now has nine goals in 13 games (along with a thoroughly sustainable 14.3% shooting average). He'll suit up for the Super Series in both of the QMJHL games for Team Russia along with two drafted Russian stars in Mikhail Grigorenko and Anton Zlobin, which is sort of cool since he'll be one of the few draft-eligible Russian players on the squad.
But the game was bigger for several reasons. Not since February of 2008, or 17 games, has Baie-Comeau won at Colisée Pepsi. The Drakkar didn't so much break the streak as they shattered it, out-shooting Quebec 35-22 in the process. Zykov took 10 of those attempts.
No. 2 Star: Scott Harrington, London Knights (OHL)
There was just 32.2 seconds on the clock when Scott Harrington took a pass from Matt Rupert and ripped a low wrist shot past goalie Andrew D'Agostini to give the London Knights their first, only, and final, lead of their game against Peterborough. The big Team Canada vet and Pittsburgh Penguins-select capitalized on the teams' only power play of the night that came very late in a tie game. It was also Harrington's first goal on the season.
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