No. 1 star: Matthew Boudens, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
The former Lumber King had the hot stick, notching four goals plus an apple in the Volts' 7-6 Game 3 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies? (Lumber King? Hot stick? Huh? Huh? Thanks, try the kangaroo burger.)
Boudens, who helped his hometown Pembroke Lumber Kings win the RBC Cup two seasons ago, was dynamite for Drummondville. The 19-year-old scored power-play goals 41 seconds apart in the first period after the Volts earned a 5-on-3 advantage. In opening minute of the second period, Boudens sniped a shorty to complete his hat trick after being set up by Jérémie Malouin.
He had done quite enough by that point, but Drummondville, in a matchup between two high-scoring teams with sketchy defence and young goaltending, needed a bigger cushion. Boudens provided that by converting off a Jérome Verrier setup for the eventual winning goal with 12:34 remaining.
No. 2 star: Philippe Hudon, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Hat tricks for everyone! Hudon and Victoriaville trailed the Moncton Wildcats by four goals with 12½ minutes to play in their crucial Game 3, but the Detroit Red Wings fifth-rounder scored a third-period hat trick to help realize a thrilling 6-5 overtime win.
The 'Cats seemed home free when captain Alex Saulnier (2G-2A) scored to open a 5-1 lead with 12:44 on the play. Hudon, who was goal-less in six previous QMJHL playoff tilts, scored 28 seconds later with assists from Carl-Antoine Delisle and William Cochrane. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Saulnier was promptly whistled for goalie interference on Victoriaville's 6-5, 201-pound 'tender Brandon Whitney.
Hudon scored on the ensuing power play and Philippe Halley scored 31 seconds later to get the lead down to 5-4. That cued up Hudon to score with 25 seconds left. Philippe Maillet then won it in overtime for Victoriaville, which is now up 2-1 on the Wildcats and their former captain Phillip Danault.
No. 3 star: Patrik Polivka, Victoria Royals (WHL)
Polivka made 39 saves to help the Royals beat Kamloops 2-1 for their first playoff win since moving to Vancouver Island two seasons ago. The 19-year-old goalie helped preserve the razor-thin lead with a big glove save in the final two minutes on the Blazers' Marek Hrbas, his pal from Plzen, Czech Republic.
The netminder was at his best and busiest in the middle period, when he stopped 16-of-17 Blazers shots and held them to just a JC Lipon power-play goal. With the bullet dodged, the underdog Royals returned for the third period and almost immediately got the go-ahead goal from an unlikely source, as Tim Traber scored just his 12th goal in 226 WHL games. Polivka took it from there, as the 2,395 fans packed into the Royals' temporary digs at Bear Mountain Arena sounded 20,000 strong.
Honourable mention: Steven Shipley, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Shipley (2G-1A, +2) helped the IceDogs score a 6-3 Game 3 win over the Oshawa Generals to pare the series lead to 2-1. It might be too soon to say cut in conjunction with the overage winger, who now has a 15-game point streak.
Steven Shipley not on bench after taking a stick to the face.
— Bill Potrecz (@BillPStandard) March 27, 2013
Shipley took 20 stitches in the mouth and came back for the third.
— Bill Potrecz (@BillPStandard) March 27, 2013
Shipley scored late in the first period and again in the second to stake the IceDogs to a 2-0 lead. After getting repairs, he fed Brett Ritchie 4:25 into the third for the clincher.
Potent notables — Defenceman Evan Wardley's third career WHL goal gave the Seattle Thunderbirds their third OT win in a row over Kelowna, as the seventh-seeded 'Birds took a 3-0 series stranglehold with their 3-2 win ... The Tri-City Americans scored four unaswered to beat Spokane 5-4 in OT, with Parker Bowles winning it with his third of the series to cut the Chiefs' series lead to 2-1 ... Medicine Hat goalie Cam Lanigan has stopped 126-of-129 shots while helping the Tigers take a 3-0 series lead over Memorial Cup host Saskatoon ... Carolina Hurricanes prospect Victor Rask snapped a scoreless tie with OT winner in Calgary's 1-0 win at Swift Current, as the Hitmen took a 3-1 series lead ... New York Islanders selection Andrey Pedan scored two third-period goals to help Guelph beat Kitchener 3-2, cutting the OHL Rangers' series lead to 2-1 ... In the QMJHL, Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko (1G-2A, +1) has eight points in the first three games of Quebec's series vs. Chicoutimi ... Overage Zach O'Brien had the tying and overtime goals in Acadie-Bathurst's Game 3 win over Blainville-Boisbriand ... Eighteen-year-old NHL draft prospects Emile Poirier (2G, +1) and Martin Reway (3A, +3) helped 13th-seeded Gatineau win 6-3 to take the series lead over Rimouski ... Matthew Bursey, who scored only 14 goals in 106 career games, got the OT winner for P.E.I. in its Game 3 win at Val-d'Or.
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