Thu May 05 10:17pm EDT
No. 1 star: Justin Shugg, Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
Shugg showed his usual nose for the net, scoring early in each of the first two periods to help the Majors take a near-stranglehold 2-0 lead over the Owen Sound Attack with a 6-2 road win in Game 2.
The Carolina Hurricanes fourth-rounder got the Majors rolling just 85 seconds into the penalty-filled, flow-deprived contest, winning a puck battle in the corner and circling out to beat Scott Stajcer. Just when Owen Sound seemed to be making a game of it, coming back to square it 2-2 after one, Shugg put the Majors ahead to stay with his seventh goal of the post-season just 42 seconds into the second period. Mississauga stretched the lead out to two goals by the end of that frame and well, you've seen that movie before and know how it ends.
No. 2 star: Danick Gauthier, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Apparently, the Sea Dogs have some depth. On a night when the stars were not in alignment for Saint John, Gauthier, pinch-hitting as the No. 2 centre with Mike Kirkpatrick out due to injury, got the first goal in Saint John's 2-1 Game 1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques. Kirkpatrick's replacement in the lineup, Aidan Kelly, assisted on Simon Després' third-period game-winning goal.
Gauthier, a 19-year-old native of Lasalle, Que., created chances throughout the contest, helping Saint John keep Gatineau on the defensive for much of the night.
No. 3 star: Maxime Clermont, Gatineau Olympiques (OHL)
The New Jersey Devils sixth-round choice gave the 'Piques a puncher's chance against the Sea Dogs, stopping 35-of-37 shots. That included all 17 he faced in the second period when Saint John was fixing to blow the game open, but instead found itself tied at the intermission.
Honourable mention: Casey Cizikas, Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
The Majors' peerless leader did his thing, creating turnovers at all points on the ice and helping push Owen Sound's frustration to a boiling point. Cizikas also contributed a third-period goal, banking the puck in off Owen Sound's Geoffrey Schemitsch while standing practically on the goal line.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.