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Brampton Battalion’s Matej Machovsky magical: Thursday’s 3 Stars

Matej Machovsky has backed Brampton to wins in his past 5 starts (OHL Images)No. 1 star: Matej Machovsky, Brampton Battalion (OHL)

Machovsky (37 saves on 39 shots) backed Brampton to its sixth win in a row, a 3-2 roadie at the expense of the conference-leading Barrie Colts. The 19-year-old Czech flat-out robbed Winnipeg Jets first-rounder Mark Scheifele during a five-minute penalty kill and made 28 of his saves within the game's final 40 minutes. The high-flying Colts had a 7-2 edge in power plays, but Machovsky's brilliance mooted it.

The Opava native had a couple starts earlier this month that were rough for him, at least statistically, while the Battalion were in a collective funk. But he has handled 166-of-177 shots while winning his past five starts.

Machovsky was actually named the No. 2 star in Barrie. Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow got top honours after scoring all three goals to run his goal streak to six games.

No. 2 star: Aaron Berisha, Belleville Bulls (OHL)

Berisha (2G, +1, and the shootout winner) had the best night of his rookie season by helping Belleville eke out a 4-3 shootout win over the Erie Otters. (The road team won in all three games Thursday, incidentally.) The 17-year-old's line with wings Chad Heffernan (2A, +2) and Scott Simmonds (2A, +2) was frequently out against Connor McDavid and helped keep the 15-year-old phenom off the scoresheet.

The Bulls had a three-goal lead get away after Erie's Travis Wood scored on an 80-footer that got by Belleville's normally redoubtable Malcolm Subban. However, the Bulls reprised their eerie mastery of the shootout, going 3-for-3 with Berisha burying the winner against Columbus Blue Jackets pick Oscar Dansk. You know better than to ask whether the Bulls' Jordan Subban converted his shootout attempt.

No. 3 star: Chris Tierney, London Knights (OHL)

Tierney (3A, +2) led London to its ninth win in a row, creating offence for his linemates in a 5-3 win over the Sarnia Sting. The San Jose Sharks late second-round pick was prominent during a span late in the first period and early in the second, when he notched all three of those apples in fewer than six minutes of game action. Tierney set up Josh Anderson for two goals, including a top-cheddar backhand, and then fed Brett Welychka to open a 4-1 lead.

The Sting never got any closer until very late in the period, although Montreal Canadiens No. 3 overall pick Alex Galchenyuk had a NHL-calibre goal at 19:59 of the second period. Galchenyuk used a defender as a screen before going high glove. It was a beaut, giving him 16 points in eight November games. The cross-ice pass that Galchenyuk laid out to Reid Boucher for the first Sarnia goal was decent, as well.

Potent notables — Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Brendan Gaunce got his third goal in four games for Belleville since returning from a shoulder injury ... Goodrow and Boston Bruins picks Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith are all a three-way tie for third in OHL goal scoring with 18 apiece.

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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