Brampton Battalion’s Blake Clarke cools off Colts: Sunday’s 3 Stars

No. 1 star: Blake Clarke, Brampton Battalion (OHL)

The 16-year-old Clarke (1G-2A, +1) put his big frame and fast hands to work. The Wildwood, Mo., native recorded his first three-point OHL game in Brampton's 4-1 home win over the Barrie Colts, who came into Sunday's play in first overall.

Clarke joined for the Battalion after attending the U.S. national team development program's tryout camp this spring. He was perhaps a relative unknown when the Battalion selected him in April from the St. Louis Jr. Blues, but he's adapting well, as evidenced by 10 points in 13 games. On Sunday, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound left wing created traffic on Jamie Lewis' goal that put the Battalion ahead for good and he also poked in a rebound for the clincher.

No. 2 star: Cody Payne, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

The Boston Bruins pick is no longer a General, but Oshawa fans had to salute Major Payne after he helped beat his former team. Payne (2G, +2) scored the winning goal with 11:45 left to point Plymouth to a 4-2 win (with an empty-netter) over the Oshawa Generals and a 3-0 record on their road trip.

The 18-year-old Payne, a Boston fifth-rounder, has fit in well on the wing with Ottawa Senators prospect Stefan Noesen, who set him up for the opening tally. In the third period of what was a generally low-chance game, Payne intercepted a soft pass from Chris Carlisle behind Oshawa's goal and then beat ex-teammate Daniel Altshuller five-hole to snap a tie. Oshawa had a tying goal disallowed in the last minute before Ryan Hartman got the empty-netter.

No. 3 star: Philippe Maillet, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

The overage Maillet (2G-2A, +3) scored the overtime winner in Victo's 4-3 win at Shawinigan after also equalizing with 2:07 left in regulation. The 19-year-0ld (for two more weeks) forward and Chicago Blackhawks first-rounder Phillip Danault (1G-2A, +1), put the Tigres on their backs in order to get the two points, as one or both factored into all of their scoring.

By the way, how often does a team have three players with the same given name participate on a goal? The first Tigres tally was scored by Philippe (Hudon) with assists from Philippe (Maillet) and Phillip (Danault). You probably need to get some hobbies if this reminds you of both a 1991 David Letterman Top Ten List and a Happy Endings episode where Elisha Cuthbert refers to two young women named "Madison and Madison." Anyhow, Maillet made sure it was a sweet trip home for the Tigres.

Honourable mention: Alex Saulnier, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

Overage centre Saulnier (1G-3A, +1), his twin Allain Saulnier (1G-1A, +2) and their left wing Yannick Veilleux (1G-2A, +1) combined for nine points in Moncton's 5-3 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix. The expansion Phoenix had visions of a road win after taking a 3-2 lead thanks to a short-handed strike by Alexandre Comtois. However, the Saulniers and Veilleux, their new brother by way of an off-season trade with Shawinigan, took over by accounting for three unanswered goals.

Potent notables — Red Deer Rebels overage Charles Inglis scored two goals, including the decider with 5:44 left a 3-2 road win over Kootenay ... Chicago Blackhawks first-rounder Mark McNeill matched his season high with three points in Prince Albert's 5-1 win over leg-weary Swift Current, which was finishing a stretch of four games in five days. The result ended P.A.'s four-game losing streak ... In the OHL, 17-year-old NHL draft prospect Justin Bailey scored his first two goals for the Kitchener Rangers, who completed a six-point weekend by beating Kingston. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Murphy tallied eight points in those three games ... Pittsburgh Penguins first-rounder Olli Määttä (1G-2A) had three points from his defence spot in London's 4-2 win at Sudbury ... Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending prospect Garret Sparks stopped 45-of-46 shots in Guelph's 7-1 win at Sault Ste. Marie. The win moved the Storm (9-2-0-1) into a tie for first overall ... In the QMJHL, top draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon had his 15th goal in 13 games to lead Halifax to its ninth win in a row, 4-3 at Acadie-Bathurst ... Draft-year Rimouski Océanic centre Frédérik Gauthier was credited with winning 26-of-31 faceoffs in his team's loss to Cape Breton.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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