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Halifax Mooseheads’ Jonathan Drouin nets 5 points in Game 1 win: Saturday’s 3 Stars

Drouin (right) celebrates a goal with Nathan MacKinnon (The Canadian Press)

No. 1 star: Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Drouin (2G-3A, +4) took first-star honours at the Metro Centre ahead of hat-trick scorer Nathan MacKinnon (3G-1A, +3) during the Mooseheads' 6-4 Game 1 semifinal-series win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The elegant left wing turned it on over the final two periods on a night when the underdog Huskies twice erased two-goal deficits, as both of his goals put Halifax into the lead. After Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (2G-1A, +1) pulled Rouyn-Noranda level at 2-2 in the second period, Drouin blazed away on a breakaway and drew a penalty shot after being slashed. The 18-year-old who's likely going to be a top-five pick in a deep 2013 NHL draft fed MacKinnon for another goal a few minutes later.

The Huskies tied the game on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period. Pas de problem for Les Mooseheads; Drouin banged in the winner of a setup from Martin Frk with 11:02 remaining. That assist on the winning goal was redemption for Frk (1G-2A, +2). The Detroit Red Wings prospect had taken three earlier minor penalties, including one that helped create the 4-4 goal.

Drouin's big night gives him 20 points in just nine playoff games.

No. 2 star: Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts (OHL)

The Winnipeg Jets prospect moved into a tie for the OHL playoff scoring lead with a three-point effort during the Colts' series-tying 5-0 road win at Belleville. Scheifele (2G-1A, +2) wasn't necessarily dominant, but the 19-year-old centre capitalized on his chances to put the Bulls down for the count before the game was 10 minutes old.

Scheifele showed off smooth puck control on his first goal 6:01 in, sweeping the puck away from a check and wiring a shot by screened goalie Malcolm Subban. Three minutes later, the Bulls turned the puck over and Scheifele and Boston Bruins prospect Anthony Camara worked a quick give-and-go to give Scheifele a wide-open net. Scheifele also had an assist in the final minute of the second period, letting the Colts play the third period on cruise control and help Mathias Niederberger get the shutout.

No. 3 star: Maxim Lamarche, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

The overage defenceman helped the Drakkar notch a second successive 2-1 win over Blainville-Boisbriand in the other QMJHL semifinal. Lamarche (1G, +2) scored the winning goal with 1:14 left in the second period off a setup from Russian rookie sensation Valentin Zykov. The Laval, Que., native, who had an excellent season as an offensive defenceman with 43 points in 55 games, also helped bottle up B-B's offence, as the Armada fired just 23 shots on Drakkar goalie Philippe Cadorette.

Honourable mention: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Does someone in Leipsic's lineage have a deep, deep grudge against the city of Kamloops, B.C.? The Nashville Predators third-rounder continued his befuddling of Blazers defenders with three points during the Winterhawks' 4-0 Game 2 win in the Western Conference final. Leipsic (1G-2A, +1) had the primary assists on the second and third Portland goals, including a backbreaker by Ty Rattie late in the second period where Leipsic found Rattie standing at his preferred hotspot along the goal line. All told, Leipsic has 15 points in his last six games against the Blazers, while the series is headed across the B.C. border with Portland up 2-0 and in firm control.

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