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  • Shawinigan Cataractes' Giovanni Fiore notches first QMJHL hat trick: Wednesday's 3 Stars

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net2 days ago

    No. 1 star: Giovanni Fiore, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

    Fiore was on fire (sorry, had to) in the Cataractes' decisive 7-2 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix, scoring his first Quebec League hat trick. The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., who's found his perch as a complementary scorer with the Cataractes after being traded in each of his first two seasons, gave his team an early jolt by scoring just 19 seconds after the opening faceoff on a setup from Dylan Labbé. Just two minutes and 11 seconds later, Fiore scored unassisted for a quick 2-0 lead.

    Four other Cataractes chipped in goals, while goalie Marvin Cüpper only had to make 18 saves. Fiore completed his hat trick by scoring with an assist from Christophe Lalonde with 3:07 left in the third period.

    No. 2 star: Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

    The Fronts had only two six-goal outings in 55 games without Bennett. In the Calgary Flames first-rounder's return after recovering from shoulder surgery, Kingston scored six in the second period in a 7-3 blowout of the Belleville Bulls, whom they're chasing for playoff position. Bennett (1G-2A, +3) was on the ice for all but one of those tallies.

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