Guelph's Brock McGinn (CP)No. 1 star: Brock McGinn, Guelph Storm (OHL)
The Carolina Hurricanes second-rounder had one of his best games in a Storm uniform, as his hat trick helped Guelph shrug off an indifferent opening 20 minutes to beat Niagara 5-3. The slumping IceDogs unexpectedly led 1-0 after Ryan Strome set up a short-handed goal with one second left in the second period. The unrest at the Sleeman Centre spiked when the Storm couldn't score on a long 5-on-3. However, after Tyler Bertuzzi sniped a goal, McGinn tallied twice in a 2:19 span to give Guelph control of the game.
What a force Brock McGinn was in the second period for the Storm.Was a dominating presence at both ends & sniped two nice goals.
— Steve Fitzsimmons (@playbyplayguy) February 23, 2013
McGinn scored again in the final frame for the hat trick. The Fergus, Ont., native has 24 goals in his third season, more than his rookie-sophomore totals combined.
No. 2 star: Matej Stransky, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
It was a good night for Dallas Stars assistant general manager to take a look at his talented forward prospect with the Saskatoon Blades. Matej Stransky (3G-1A) continued his hot streak in Saskatoon's franchise-record 14th consecutive win Friday night over Brandon:
Nice timing for @dallasstars prospect Matej Stransky to score a 1st period hat-trick. Stars assistant GM Les Jackson is in the building.
— Cody Nickolet (@WHLFromAbove) February 23, 2013
In Stransky's first 215 WHL regular season and playoff games, he had scored 2 goals in a game 11 times, but had failed to record a hat-trick. During Saskatoon's win streak, Stransky has 13 goals and 11 assists, and if you believe in the random, ritualistic, mostly-determined-by-team-play statistic +/-, he's a +18 over the last 14 games.
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