Sarnia's Reid Boucher scored 13 goals in 12 November outingsNo. 1 star: Reid Boucher, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Boucher wrapped up a huge November with his first hat trick of the season as Sarnia rallied from an early deficit to beat Saginaw 7-4. The New Jersey Devils draftee started slow this season, but now has 13 goals in his last 11 games to raise his season total to 19.
It's the latest streak in what's been an up-and-down OHL career for Boucher. He started out last season with 10 goals in first nine games, then later endured an entirely goal-less month of January.
This year, he had a solid, if unspectacular start. But his recent run has been huge for the Sting, who need Boucher to produce alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Charles Sarault to become a serious threat.
In addition to his three goals, Boucher added assists on the Sting's final two goals. Sarault had five points of own (2G-3A), and scored the "Burger Goal" into an empty net late in regulation to win fans a free burger at the local Harvey's. The Sting have scored at least seven goals in consecutive home games (the benchmark for free ground beef), making it reportedly the first time the team's ever given fans such a gift in consecutive games.
No. 2 star: Reid Gow, Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Our all-Reid top two is rounded out by the Spokane defenceman who came into Friday's game in Swift Current with all of seven goals in 121 WHL games.
Gow erupted for two goals and two assists as the Chiefs stomped the Broncos 7-2. Gow, an 18-year-old in his third full season, is now averaging a point a game with 22 in 22 contests. Todd Fiddler also scored twice for Spokane to move, shockingly, into a tie for second in the league with 20 goals.
The victory kicked off a six-games-in-nine-days trip through the Eastern Division, and the Chiefs need a good showing to keep pace with the recently newsworthy Portland Winterhawks, who lead them by six points in the U.S. Division.
The Broncos, meanwhile, continue to tread water in the Eastern Conference race and fell to 1-4 at home against American teams (they only managed to beat Seattle).
No. 3 star: Gabriel Desjardins, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Desjardins came back to haunt his old club, notching the game-tying and game-winning goals in the Huskies' 4-1 win over the Quebec Remparts at Le Colisée.
Quebec traded Desjardins to the Huskies in the offseason after acquiring him from Halifax midway through last season. An overager from Montreal, Desjardins is up to 13 goals and 35 points in 26 games this season.
The Huskies had been sliding as of late, and needed the win to regain a solid position in the top eight. Meanwhile, the Remparts are winless in their last three and are slowly losing contact with Halifax and Blainville-Broisbriand for the league's top spot.
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