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  • Marner has 108 points in 52 games (OHL Images)Marner has 108 points in 52 games (OHL Images)

    No. 1 star: Mitchell Marner, London Knights (OHL)

    It's like Marner had a scoreless first period just to give himself a challenge. The Ontario Hockey League scoring leader tallied five points in the final 35 minutes of the Knights' 7-4 goalfest against the Sarnia Sting, giving him a mind-bending 108 in 52 games.

    Marner (2G-3A, +1) got the Knights on the board by scoring on a setup from Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi (2G-1A, +1) just shy of the six-minute mark of the second period. The slippery 17-year-old scored a power-play goal later in the period to put the Knights ahead for the first time.

    Pavel Zacha scored two quick goals early in the third to restore the Sting lead. The Knights went back on top with back-to-back power-play goals, with Marner assisting on both. The Thornhill, Ont., native picked up his fifth point on an empty-net goal.

    No. 2 star: Carter Verhaeghe, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

    Verhaeghe (2G-1A, +2) helped orchestrate a huge IceDogs comeback on the road for a 6-5 win

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  • Anthony Duclair notches 4 points in Remparts' road win: Saturday's 3 Stars

    #10-Anthony Duclair, a player for the Quebec Remparts during the 2013-14 QMJHL season, Drummondville, Que., Jan. 03, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain Bergeron#10-Anthony Duclair, a player for the Quebec Remparts during the 2013-14 QMJHL season, Drummondville, Que., Jan. 03, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain Bergeron

     

    No. 1 star: Anthony Duclair, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

    Duclair (1G-3A, +3) had perhaps his strongest game since rejoining the Remparts in January, leading Quebec to a 5-2 road win against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Duclair set up a first-period goal that erased an early Huskies lead, then took a pass from Jérome Verrier and scored a short-handed gaol that gave the Remparts their first lead. The New York Rangers prospect also had the primary assists on tallies by Massimo Carozza and Ryan Graves that helped Quebec pull away.

    No. 2 star: Logan Fisher, Victoria Royals (WHL)

    Fisher (4A, +4) had a career night as the Royals gave a crowd of 6,867 a thrill by taking down the league-leading Kelowna Rockets 5-2. Normally a checker, Fisher turned playmaker to help the Royals rebound from a last-minute loss to Kelowna on Friday. The 19-year-old Red Deer, Alta., native assisted on only Royals goal of the first two periods. In the third, Fisher assisted on goals by Jack Walker (1G, +2) and Taylor

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  • Greyhounds' Bunting, Warriors' Point notch hat tricks: Friday's 3 Stars

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Michael Bunting of the Arizona Coyotes poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Michael Bunting of the Arizona Coyotes poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

    No. 1 star: Michael Bunting, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

    The Arizona Coyotes signing reached the 30-goal milestone in style, with a hat trick during the Greyhounds 7-3 win against the North Bay Battalion. The 19-year-old Bunting (3G-1A, +3) scored twice during what 'Hounds coach Sheldon Keefe called "the best first period we've played all season." North Bay parried the early thrust and crawled back to within two goals entering the third period. Bunting, though, was quick to extinguish any potential of a complete collapse. In the first minute of the period, he redirected a feed from Sergey Tolchinsky (1G-2A, +3) to putg the 'Hounds back in control.

    No. 2 star: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

    Point (3G, +2) put the Warriors on his back, scoring three times in the first two periods to lead Moose Jaw to a 4-3 road win against the Kamloops Blazers. The Tampa Bay Lightning second-rounder cashed in on an early power play with an assist from rookie defenceman Dustin Perillat

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  • Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    A Team Canada reunion between Victoria's Joe Hicketts and Kelowna's Madison Bowey and Josh Morrissey on Friday night? That sells itself. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

    Today, no this week's should-read, comes from Allan Maki, who looks at mental-health strategies in junior hockey. The piece revolves around Dave Hunchak, who had to leave his Kamloops Blazers coaching post due to anxiety attacks and depression. (The Globe & Mail)

    "Giants' Mason no longer has stone hands" is easily the best headline you will read this month. (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Denver Post)

     Kootenay's Rinat Valiev, a Toronto Maple Leafs pick, is a potential "top-four defenceman" in the NHL, says Craig Button. (National Post)

    Centre Adam Brooks is set to rejoin the Regina Pats after missing nearly four weeks with a knee injury. (Regina Leader-Post)

    OHL

    All signs point to the Kingston Frontenacs, who finally have a

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  • Platzer had his second hat trick of the season (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Platzer had his second hat trick of the season (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    No. 1 star: Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

    The Edmonton Oilers fourth-rounder scored a natural hat trick in a six-minute, two-second span of game time to help Owen Sound squelch the Barrie Colts' seven-win streak with a 4-3 win.

    The 19-year-old Platzer (3G, +2) loosened his grip on his stick, figuratively, by ending his five-game goal drought when he drilled a shot by Mackenzie Blackwood with 27 seconds left in the first period, tying the game 1-1. The Colts took penalties 41 seconds apart early in the second period. Seconds after the first penalty expired, Platzer received a feed from Daniel Milne (1G-1A, +1) and beat Colts goalie Mackenzie Blackwood shortside. Exactly 100 seconds later, Detroit Red Wings second-rounder Zach Nastasiuk rushed the puck deep into the Colts zone and pulled Blackwood out of position, which left Platzer with an easy tap-in for his hat trick. Milne followed up with a goal fewer than three minutes later, chasing Blackwood and giving the Attack a 4-1

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  • NHL draft tracker: Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix

    #97-Jeremy Roy, a player for the Sherbrooke Phoenix during the 2013-14 QMJHL season, Drummondville, Que., Nov. 30, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain Bergeron#97-Jeremy Roy, a player for the Sherbrooke Phoenix during the 2013-14 QMJHL season, Drummondville, Que., Nov. 30, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain BergeronJérémy Roy came into this season with his appetite for winning whetted.

    It might not be ideal, in some ways, to break into major junior hockey with a franchise such as the Sherbrooke Phoenix that is trying to shed the expansion tag. Roy endured some long nights as a rookie while the Phoenix missed the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. However, being part of a golden effort with Canada's summer under-18 team at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka showcase tournament propelled the 17-year-old defenceman into this season.

    "It's the moment when I saw how much I loved to win something, to be part of a team that went for the top honour," says the 5-foot-11¾, 189-pound Roy, who is NHL Central Scouting's 23rd-ranked North American skater. "That is what I want this year.

    "It was hard at the beginning," adds Roy, who is seventh in defenceman scoring in the QMJHL with five goals and 41 points across 43 games. "Last year we lost almost all our games and that was tough. But it's a real good

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  • WHL player profile photo on Vancouver Giants' Mason Geertsen during a game in Calgary, Alberta on Jan. 25, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Larry MacDougalWHL player profile photo on Vancouver Giants' Mason Geertsen during a game in Calgary, Alberta on Jan. 25, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Larry MacDougalNo. 1 star: Mason Geertsen, Vancouver Giants (WHL)

    The Giants' seasoned defenceman sent a school-day game crowd of 10,161 home happy by scoring with 49 seconds left in overtime for a 3-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Geertsen (2G-1A, +2) got his career high-tying third point by picking his spot perfectly during the 4-on-4 session, as he moved into the slot and converted on a pass from Tyler Benson (3A, +2).

    The 19-year-old Colorado Avalanche draft pick also had two points during the second period. Geertsen drew a helper on a Thomas Foster power-play goal, then scored in the final half-minute of the frame on a slapshot from the top of the faceoff circle.

    Geertsen has 11 goals on the campaign, but has scored twice in a game three times. His offensive outbursts just seem to pop up, not unlike the 6,000-student strong anti-bullying flash mob during Wednesday's game.

    No. 2 star: Sonny Milano, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

    Milano (1G-1A) had two third-period points to help the Whalers win 3-1

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  • CFL, Toronto Argonauts get the 'Family Guy' treatment

    The Argos and CFL were sent up by Family Guy on Feb. 15 (FOXThe Argos and CFL were sent up by Family Guy on Feb. 15 (FOX

    Considering that the Toronto Argonauts will play a home game in Fort McMurray, Alta., this season, being made sport of on Family Guy hardly seems like a burden.

    During Sunday's episode of the FOX network animated series, a cutaway imagining a Hard Knocks: CFL TV series (a reference to the Hard Knocks reality show) made light of Canadians' excessive politeness and low-key ways, along with the low pay scale of the Canadian Football League.  Obviously training camps in the CFL are a grind, like any football training camp, but it plays on the stereotype that it is a less serious league. Even if you love the CFL, you'll probably be inclined to laugh.

    Training camp is probably the only time a CFL team would have two Canadians wearing single-digit jerseys. I am guessing neither player was a quarterback.

    Compared to how Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has treated other leagues, the CFL got off fairly scot-free.  Compare the above with a previoius portrayal of the NFL that referenced the

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  • Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza, Thurs., Feb. 19, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT!

    Tyler Bertuzzi needs 10 goals to become the first Guelph Storm 50-goal scorer since Ryan Callahan in 2006 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Tyler Bertuzzi needs 10 goals to become the first Guelph Storm 50-goal scorer since Ryan Callahan in 2006 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Come one, come all for the Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza that is slated for Thursday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

    Please join Sunaya Sapurji, Mike Sanderson, Kelly Friesen, Neate Sager and the rest of the Yahoo! Jr. Hockey crew for the blogetariat's most popular, approximately one hour long discussion dedicated to all things junior hockey. Topics typically range far and wide, but between the continuing Connor McDavid madness, playoff races across all three leagues and, lastly but not leastly, the shock of learning Le Colisee in Quebec City might meet the wrecking ball, there should be much to discuss.

    Please remember the Chatravaganza is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.

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  • Oshawa's Michael McCarron comes off suspension on Saturday (OHL Images).Oshawa's Michael McCarron comes off suspension on Saturday (OHL Images).

    Once again, the Oshawa Generals stand alone atop this blog's attempt to quantify the performance of all 60 Canadian Hockey League teams.

    The Gennies take a 14-game point streak into this week, which is nearly as long as the fourth-ranked Brandon Wheat Kings' 16. Meantime, an impressive February has helped the Rimouski Océanic stand out from the rabble in a parity-filled Quebec League.

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