Sun Dec 12 10:55pm EST
No. 1 star: Greg McKegg (Erie Otters, OHL)
Leaf Nation surely noticed McKegg, the Maple Leafs pick, had four points on the same day that Team Canada began its final selection camp without him.
The Otters captain led a come-from-behind 7-6 overtime win over the Guelph Storm with three goals and one assist. With Erie staked to a chance to rally from a two-goal deficit after Guelph's Cody McNaughton took a retaliatory double minor, McKegg set up an Anthony Luciani tally with 5:42 left to halve the margin before getting his trick with the tying goal 1:23 later.
McKegg has 10 goals and 19 points over his last seven games (hat tip: Corey Pronman), making him the fourth Ontario leaguer to hit 50 points before the midpoint of the regular season. Meantime, the Otters have won seven of their past 10 games to climb into sixth in the Western Conference.
The OHL had two 7-6 games on Sunday, so the NFL's Washington Redskins apparently weren't the only ones who had trouble making an extra point.
No. 2 star: Tyler Pitlick, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
The Edmonton Oilers second-round pick helped Medicine Hat get the last word in with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a typically chippy matchup of southern Alberta teams, winning 6-5 in a shootout. With Linden Vey off at Team Canada camp, Pitlick, 19, went off for a four-point night which included scoring the tying goal with 2:15 left in the third period and beating Brandon Anderson for the shootout winner. With the win, Medicine Hat moved more or less dead even with the Red Deer Rebels for third place in the Eastern Conference.
The comeback spoiled a full night for the Hurricanes' Austin Fyten, who had a Gordie Howe hat trick that included a pair of assists.
No. 3 star: Robby Mignardi, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
The overage forward who has separate HockeyDB entries as Bobby and Robert could have a third name, Johnny — as in "on the spot." Mignardi, whose team has three players away at Team Canada tryouts, pounced on a rebound with 45 seconds left in overtime to cap Owen Sound's 4-3 win over Kitchener.
The Richmond Hill, Ont., native also had the tying goal with 4:44 left, giving him four in two games since Joey Hishon, Garrett Wilson and Jesse Blacker went camping.
Honourable mention: Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
The Halifax Mooseheads' Gerrad Grant could be excused for taking an after-the-whistle swipe at Huberdeau late in Saint John's 5-3 win, since that was about the only way to suppress the 18-year-old centre. The Mooseheads played a good first period, outshooting Saint John 18-8 and yet found itself down a pair. That was thanks largely to Huberdeau, who scored or assisted on Saint John's first four markers. The 18-year-old centre's big two-goal, two-assist afternoon gives him 24 tallies this season, which is bound to spark talk of him going for 50. Remember, the checking gets tighter in January.
Second honourable mention: Michael Ferland, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Ferland has had a mixed-blessings kind of season since being drafted by the Calgary Flames in June, missing almost half the schedule due to injury. Sunday, the 18-year-old left wing put that in his rearview mirror with three assists in the Wheat Kings' 5-2 home win over the Prince Albert Raiders. It was tied midway through the third period before the Ferland-Scott Glennie-Brenden Walker scored back-to-back goals.
Third honourable mention: Michael Snider, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
The goaltender notched his first shutout of the season, making 27 saves to back the Hitmen to a 2-0 win over the Red Deer Rebels. It was just the second time this season that the Hitmen have won consecutive games.
Dishonourable mention: Nathan Moon, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
An overager who leads his team in scoring getting a misconduct when his team is down one goal and on the power play with less than 6½ minutes left on the road is facepalm-worthy. Kingston showed no quit in its 7-6 loss to the Windsor Spitfires despite playing with only four defencemen and being its third game in 2½ days. They had a better chance of salvaging a point with Moon on the ice rather than in the dressing room.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.