Rimouski's Peter Trainor has 15 goals this season (photo: Rimouski Oceanic)No. 1 star: Peter Trainor, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Trainor scored twice in regulation, then wrapped up his first QMJHL hat trick with a goal 3:15 into overtime as the Oceanic earned a 5-4 road win over surging Baie-Comeau.
The undrafted 19-year-old extended his point streak to nine games, and he now ranks in the top 15 in the league in scoring with 35 points in 25 games. Trainor had five previous two-goal games in his 94-game career coming into Sunday.
Francis Beauvillier (1G-2A) and Ryan MacKinnon (3A) had three-point nights for Rimouski, which led 4-2 midway through the third period but couldn't hang on.
The Drakkar rallied to force overtime, extending their unbeaten streak in regulation to 15 games (12-0-1-2).
No. 2 star: Daniel Cotton, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
The Everett Herald's Nick Patterson said it best after the Silvertips downed the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1 on Sunday despite being outshot 41-18: "Not sure how the Tips won this one. Cotton excellent in goal."
An 18-year-old from West Vancouver, Cotton started the season in street clothes, watching from the stands as the third goaltender with the Seattle Thunderbirds.
But with Austin Lotz injured and Cole Holowenko struggling earlier this season, the Tips took a flyer on Cotton and the gamble has paid off. Everett traded a draft pick to its bitter rival and gave Cotton a chance to play right away.
After Sunday's 40-save performance, Cotton is 6-4 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .911 save pct. This after going 0-8, 4.91, .876 with the Thunderbirds last season.
Carson Stadnyk, who came in with one goal in 24 games, scored both Everett goals Sunday, including the game-winner with 7:17 left in regulation.
No. 3 star: Ryan Tesink, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
The Sea Dogs are scuffling this season as they try to rebuild the franchise that won back-to-back Q title, and Tesink is doing his part to keep the team afloat.
The St. Louis Blues prospect scored three times as the Sea Dogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Acadie-Bathurst 4-2. Tesink scored twice in the second period to tie the game 2-2, then buried an empty-netter after Jakub Izacky scored the game-winner earlier in the third.
Registering his first career hat trick, Tesink raised his career-high goal total to 14.
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