Brandon Hope faced 50+ shots for the first time since the 2010-11 season (OHL Images)No. 1 star: Brandon Hope, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
In his fourth OHL season, Hope is finally getting the opportunity to be a No. 1 goalie, and the 19-year-old engineered the finest performance of his career Saturday, stopping 50 shots in a 2-1 victory over Erie, the third-ranked team in the CHL.
Hope turned away all 21 shots he faced in the first period, then allowed a Dane Fox power-play goal (Fox's 53rd of the season) on 11 shots in the second. Another 19 saves in the third period made a one-goal lead stand up, and the Attack earned a much-needed win after enduring a recent tailspin.
Thomas Schemitsch and Holden Cook scored for Owen Sound, which put just 25 shots on Otters goalie Oscar Dansk.
No. 2 star: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Kelowna has risen to the top of the CHL rankings this season with tremendous offensive balance, as the Rockets haven't had a player in the top 20 in the league in scoring for much of the season.
They do now, thanks to a career night for Bell, who erupted for four goals and two assists in the Rockets' 7-3 home win over Kamloops in the back end of a home-and-home series. Bell, a one-time defenceman who converted to forward last season, had never even registered a WHL hat trick prior to Saturday.
Bell also had two goals and an assist on Friday, giving him nine points in two games against the rival Blazers over the weekend. With the explosion, Bell has risen to 13th in the league in points with 61 in 50 games, and his 35 goals rank him third in the league behind Spokane's Mitch Holmberg and Portland's Oliver Bjorkstrand.
No. 3 star: Anthony Chapados, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Sure, the Oceanic lost 6-4 to Shawinigan on Saturday night, but Rimouski native Chapados had a night he'll never forget in his hometown.
Chapados came into the game with two goals in 39 QMJHL games, but scored three times and added an assist Saturday. Even if he's held scoreless for the next 27 days, this will be the highest-scoring month of his career.
He was the bright spot in an otherwise dismal night for Rimouski, which fell to the last-place Cataractes, who have pulled within two points of Sherbrooke for the final playoff spot.
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