Cataractes’ Storm Phaneuf, Rebels’ Patrik Bartosak shut the door: Friday’s 3 Stars

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No. 1 star: Storm Phaneuf, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

Outshot 38-15, the Cataractes clearly didn’t deserve to beat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. But Phaneuf turned the game upside down by standing on his head in Shawinigan’s blue paint. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound goalie stopped all 38 pucks thrown his way in the 3-0 win. To put into even clearer perspective how Phaneuf singlehandedly won the game, the Cataractes were outshot 17-1 in the third period, and their only shot came on the Titan’s open cage in the last minute of play.

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The victory was only the seventh of the Cataractes’ season as they hold a 7-24-2-1 record. They will need more strong performances from Phaneuf because their other goalie, Marvin Cupper, is off to the world junior championship to represent Germany.

No. 2 star: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

The Los Angeles Kings prospect stymied the Kootenay Ice without their star sniper Sam Reinhart, who is taking part in Canada’s world junior camp in Toronto. He turned aside all 35 shots that came his way while shutting down all three of the Ice’s power plays in the 4-0 victory. The strong performance by Bartosak was due as he let in 12 goals in his first three games on the month.

Brooks Maxwell led the Rebels on the score sheet. Following setting up a Conner Bleackley goal and notching one of his own in the first period, he put the nail on the coffin with his second marker on the night with just over six minutes left in the contest.

No. 3 star: Anthony Duclair, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)

Duclair knocked the wind out of the Gatineau Olympiques very early in the game. Already up 1-0, the New York Rangers prospect scored two quick goals in the first period to give the Ramparts the stranglehold on the contest. He went onto complete his hat trick late in the middle frame and helped set up a Kurt Etchegary marker in the third period, which turned out to be the 7-3 contest’s last goal.

Honourable mentions: Brady Brassart and Chris Driedger, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

The 1-2 punch of Brassart and Driedger lead the Hitmen to a 7-0 win against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Brassart scored a goal in every period for a hatty while Driedger, who is an Ottawa Senators prospect, made a 29-save shutout.

NHL draft prospect Jake Virtanen (2G, +2), Calder Brooks (2G, +2) and Edmonton Oilers prospect Greg Chase (3A, +3) didn’t do too bad themselves on the Hitmen’s score sheet.

Honourable mention: Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

The Phoenix Coyotes first-round pick netted a hat trick in a 7-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Samuelsson got the ball rolling late in the first period to give the Oil Kings a commanding 4-1 lead. He completed his three-goal night in the final frame with one just 59 seconds into it on the power play and another with less than three minutes left on the clock.

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Kelly Friesen is a Buzzing the Net columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KellyFriesen.

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