No. 1 star: Jujhar Khaira, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Quiet offensively through Everett's three losses to start the series, the Edmonton Oilers pick came alive with a hat trick in the 6-1 that helped the Silvertips force Game 5 against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The skilled 6-foot-4, 215-pound centre has nights where he's almost untouchable, and Friday was just that as he scored his fourth hat trick of the season. The 19-year-old made a power move and beat Seattle's Taran Kozun, who's been taxing the 'Tips throughout the series, just 1:27 in to give Everett a desperately needed early lead.
Everett built off that to get out to a 3-0 edge. It was up by two coming into the final third period, where Khaira (3G-1A, +2) bagged two power-play goals on setups from 17-year-old Dawson Leedahl (2A, -1)Read More »from Everett Silvertips carry on after Khaira’s hat trick, Volts’ Gaudreau scores 5 in clincher: Friday’s 3 Stars