If you happen to be a goaltender who played in a Canadian Hockey League game Thursday night, you may be seeing pucks in your sleep. Of the 11 games played in the Ontario and Quebec junior leagues, eight saw the winning team record six or more goals, including Quebec's 8-2 dismantling of the Halifax Mooseheads.
Anthony Duclair, the third round pick of the New York Rangers in the most recent National Hockey League draft, recorded seven points on the night—2 goals and 3 assists—as the Remparts remain hot by winning their seventh straight hockey game and are definitely within striking distance of Baie-Comeau for that top seed (though the Drakkar have won nine straight). Still, Duclair has gone as the Remparts have: he has 25 points so far in 11 games in 2014 and has 15 points over his last four games. Seven points is also a personal best for Duclair in his QMJHL career. He's earned four points on six occasions in his 165 prior games, but had five points through two periods.
Duclair also registered an assist on each of Nick Sorensen's three goals, two of which came on the powerplay. The defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champs Halifax came uncharacteristically unglued, shown in the powerplay stats: the Mooseheads went 0-for-3 on the powerplay but the Remparts went an incredible 6-for-17. I'm not sure whether the "6" or the "17" is the noteworthy aspect of that statistic.
No. 2 Star - Bo Horvat, London Knights (OHL)
London aren't as hot as division rivals Guelph or Erie, but the Knights also managed a breakout offensive performance Thursday, jumping out to a 4-0 lead over North Bay after 20 minutes and cruising from there to a 9-4 victory. The Vancouver Canucks first rounder Bo Horvat was the points-getter on the night, recording two goals and two assists and getting two points on the powerplay helping London go 3-for-5 on the night in that department.
A somehow important night offensively for Horvat. He's been ice-cold ever since returning from Malmo and a disappointing performance at the World junior championship in December and early January. Horvat had just four points in six games to start 2014, but after a two-point game Saturday and the four-pointer against the Battalion, maybe he can get something going. Also worthwhile to mention the three-point games from Matt Rupert, Gemel Smith as well as the two-goal performance from Chris Tierney.
No. 3 Star - Ivan Barbashev, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
The main beneficiary of Vladimir Tkachev's addition to the Moncton lineup may be his Russian counterpart Ivan Barbashev. Barbashev has been in the Q for longer and was the first pick in the Import Draft back in 2012, but his offensive numbers aren't comparable to the other offensive powerhouses, particularly in the Q where skilled players have a tremendous advantage compared to other leagues.Read More »from Remparts continue roll with Anthony Duclair’s seven-point night: Thursday’s 3 Stars