No. 1 star: Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Scheifele (3G-3A) had the most dominant game of his junior career against some familiar foes from the nation's capital, as he and Zach Hall (2G-4A, +1) each had six points in a 7-3 win over the Ottawa 67's. Their linemate, Boston Bruins draft pick Anthony Camara (1G-3A), also had four points as the Colts ran their win streak to eight games. The trio did most of their damage on the power play, where Barrie was 5-for-8.
The field day also vaulted Scheifele into the OHL scoring lead. The Winnipeg Jets first-rounder was worked over heavily by Ottawa during a protracted seven-game playoff series last spring, but Scheifele is getting payback with rather usurious interest rates. He's had more points in Barrie's two games against Ottawa (10) than in his other nine contests. Scheifele's previous career high for points in a game was four.
The Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder is ready for his close-up on Friday Night Hockey. Dansk (45 saves on 47 shots) gave the Otters a fighting chance in a 2-1 road loss to the Windsor Spitfires, who did not manage an even-strength goal.
Windsor only got to Dansk during a seven-minute power play awarded after a sequence where defenceman Patrick Sieloff leveled Otters rookie Hayden Hodgson with a questionable check and Adam Pelech, Erie's best defender, rushed to avenge the hit on his teammate. Pelech got the only penalties out of the altercation and was ejected. Despite all that, Dansk kept the Otters within a goal until the bitter end. His best stop came when he thwarted Kerby Rychel on a short-handed breakaway.
Dansk will have to be sharp again Friday when Erie visits the London Knights for a game that will aired live on Sportsnet and NHL Network USA.
No. 3 star: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals (WHL)
Gogolev (2G, +2) helped the Royals make a statement with a rousing 3-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen, who suffered only their second regulation loss. The ex-Hitmen forward got back at his former club by sniping the go-ahead goal in the last minute of the second period, driving to the net to convert a feed from Brandon Magee. (Ex-Royal Zane Jones scored Calgary's goal.) Gogolev also capped the win with an empty-netter.
Florida Panthers third-rounder Steven Hodges was actually named the game's first star after scoring a game-tying goal in his return from an eight-game absence. The Royals' team effort was such that they absolutely had to have some representation in the Three Stars. Right wing Ben Walker (2A, +3) was all over the ice, Ottawa Senators-drafted defender Jordan Fransoo was plus-2 and the Royals did not give Calgary a single power play.
Honourable mention: Jake Worrad, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Worrad (3A, +1) led the Bulls' blueline brigade which chipped in six points during an impressive 5-3 road win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The 19-year-old had the primary helper on all of the Bulls' goals during a pivotal second period where they fought off a spirited Soo challenge. Worrad made an astute play on the second Bulls' goal, forcing a turnover and feeding Sergey Kuptsov for a goal. He also set up the Jordan Subban tally that put the Bulls ahead for good.
Honourable mention: Mitchell Theroet, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
The New York Islanders seventh-rounder was in on all of the IceDogs' scoring in their 3-2 overtime win over division rival Brampton. Theoret fired a shot in overtime that generated a juicy rebound which Dougie Hamilton jammed in to give Niagara full credit for the effort. The 19-year-old Montrealer also scored for the fourth consecutive game and did good work cycling behind the goal line before setting up Ryan Strome's opening goal.
Potent notables — The Kelowna Rockets' Jordon Cooke stopped 24 saves for his first WHL shutout in a 3-0 decision over Prince George ... Calgary's Brooks Macek had his 10-game point streak snapped ... Rookie left wing Damian Bourne had his first two-point OHL game in Mississauga's win at Sarnia ... Detroit Red Wings draft pick Andreas Athanasiou will carry a nine-game point streak into Saturday's Barrie-London game, his first match against his former team ... Jérôme Verrier (1G-1A) led Drummondville to a road win over Val-d'Or in the lone QMJHL game.
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