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Kootenay Ice’s Luke Philp burns Oil Kings: Wednesday’s 3 Stars

Wednesday's No. 2 star, Jaimen Yakubowski (Lethbridge Hurricanes)No. 1 star: Luke Philp, Kootenay Ice (WHL)

The Ice knocked off the defending champion Edmonton Oil Kings for their first when-trailing-after-two triumph of the season. Philp (2G-1A, +2 and the shootout winner) and the more highly touted Sam Reinhart (1G-2A, +2 and a successful shootout attempt), both 17-year-olds who are not eligible for the NHL draft in 2014, were both in on three third-period Kootenay goals in the unexpected comeback.

As Jeff Hollick described it, Philp's 38th career game in the Western League might have been his best. He cut through the slot with 7:07 to play to beat star goalie Laurent Brossoit to tie the game, then scored just 1:47 later off a pass out from Reinhart.

No. 2 star: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Yakubowski (2G-2A, +3) helped the 'Canes snap a six-game losing streak by knocking off the conference-leading Prince Albert Raiders 6-4. The 18-year-old wing was in on the last four Lethbridge goals. In the second period, his missed breakaway created a chance for Sam McKechnie to pocket the loose change and a goal that gave the 'Canes their first lead. Yakubowski later tied the game 4-4 early in the third period, then assisted on Axel Blomqvist's game-winner and buried the empty-netter. All in a night's work, eh.

Hurricanes goalie Chris Tai earned his first WHL win.

No. 3 star: Kevin Gagné, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

Gagné (2G-2A, +2) helped Saint John rout Rouyn-Noranda 5-1 to kick off a Quebec road swing, as his four points from his defence spot were a season high. The overager also saved a goal early in the game when the puck was behind Sea Dogs goalie Sébastien Auger, preventing the Huskies from being rewarded early.

Not long after that heads-up play, Gagné finished off a 2-on-1 rush to open a 2-0 lead for Saint John. The New Brunswick native also set up a Jonathan Huberdeau goal in the second period, then converted a feed from 'Hoobadoo' in the third period to polish off Saint John's fourth win in a row. With that final helper, Huberdeau (1G-2A, +3) tied Saint John's career point record.

Honourable mention: Jordan Subban, Belleville Bulls (OHL)

The younger Subban (3A, +3) sparked the Bulls to their best night offensively with a 6-2 blowout of the Niagara IceDogs. The 17-year-old defenceman had two helpers in the first period, one coming on Chad Heffernan's first OHL marker and the other coming via a sweet dish to Joseph Cramarossa for a goal.

Obviously, it was also the first time all season the Bulls have had six different goal scorers, seeing how they came in with only two previous five-goal efforts. Subban also assisted on a power-play goal that re-opened a two-goal lead late in the second period.

Potent notables — Anaheim Ducks first-rounder Rickard Rakell, 19, capped his three-point night for Plymouth by scoring the OT winner against Erie. Connor McDavid had two points for the Otters ... Brandon Alderson's three points helped Sault Ste. Marie re-take a playoff position with a 5-4 shootout win over Sudbury. Darnell Nurse, the OHL's best defensive NHL draft prospect, was the game's first star.

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

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