No. 1 star: Jake Paterson, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Too bad most of the knee-jerkers who inveighed against Paterson during the world junior championship after Canada's shootout loss to the Czech Republic didn't see him in action on Friday. The Detroit Red Wings third-rounder made 59 saves to help Saginaw upset the London Knights 3-1. The busy night included 29 stops in the final 20 minutes as the Memorial Cup-host Knights and their four NHL first-round picks went all out to break down the Paterson roadblock.
Coming off a shutout vs. London last weekend, the 19-year-old Paterson robbed Max Domi a couple times in the first period and also rebuffed Ryan Rupert on a penalty shot, allowing the Spirit to take a 1-0 lead. He came up with a couple big saves early in the second before the Spirit counter attacked and Buffalo Sabres third-rounder Justin Kea buried a goal to put the Knights, already set back by an injury to goalie Anthony Stolarz, in a two-goal hole.
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