Colin Smith has 18 points in 9 games this season for KamloopsNo. 1 star: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
I wanted to put JC Lipon here for his four-point night (2G-2A), but he was BTN's No. 1 star on Friday. So let's give recognition instead to Smith, who scored twice and added an assist as the Blazers downed Calgary 5-2 at the Saddledome in a battle of teams with no previous regulation losses.
The Hitmen fell to 6-1-1-1 with the loss, and could only muster 15 shots on Blazers goalie Cole Cheveldave. Calgary actually led the game 2-1 before the Blazers scored four straight to pull away. Every goal in the game was a power-play goal, with Kamloops going 5-for-10 with the man advantage.
Though Portland still has a solid club, many predicted that Kamloops would be the best team in the Western Conference this season, and they haven't disappointed. At 8-0-0-1 (the only CHL team unbeaten in regulation), the Blazers are steamrolling their opponents right now, winning each of their last six games by at least three goals. Kamloops has scored 41 goals in nine games and allowed just 19.
A 19-year-old who collected 85 points last season, Smith is currently the second-leading scorer in the WHL with 18 points, trailing only his teammate, Lipon, who has 22.
No. 2 star: Scott Sabourin, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Overager Sabourin, a right-wing role player for the resurgent Generals, only had 19 goals in 110 career OHL games coming into a big showdown with the London Knights on Sunday.
He picked a good day to register his first career hat trick. Sabourin's second of the game gave the Generals the lead with 13:50 left in regulation, then he sealed a 5-3 win with an empty-netter just before the final horn.
At 7-2-0-1, Oshwawa trailes the Barrie Colts by one point for first place in the Eastern Conference.
No. 3 star: Angelo Miceli, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
The Tigres are off to an underwhelming start this year, and faced another hurdle when they fell behind Blainville-Broisbriand 2-0 within the first five minutes on Sunday.
But Miceli, an 18-year-old in his second year in the league, scored two goals and contributed two assists as Victoriaville scored five goals in a row and held on for a 5-3 win over the Armada.
Miceli put up 24 points as a rookie last year, but ranks sixth in the Q in scoring this season with 18 points in just 12 games.
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