No. 1 star: Martin Reway, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
Reway (2G-2A, +2) was the mainspring in an improbable Olympiques 4-3 comeback overtime win that staggered the Charlottetown Islanders. The Montreal Canadiens draft pick and his teammates were stymied for 2½ periods by the hard-working Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs-drafted goalie Antoine Bibeau (40 saves on 44 shots). At 13:13 of the third — there's a bad omen, if you believe in that — Reway finessed a shot on net that created a rebound chance that Vaclav Karabacek buried to pare Charlottetown's edge to 3-1. At the four-minute mark, Reway recalibrated after an Islander dove to block his slapshot, and while balanced on one foot, wired a shot by Bibeau's glove hand.
Charlottetown's Spenser Cobbold then took a penalty for continuing to play after losing his helmet. Reway scored on the ensuing PP to tie the game and force overtime. In the final seconds of OT, defenceman Alexandre Carrier (1A, +1) dove to keep a Charlottetown clear inside the line. He got the puck to Reway, who got another shot on net to produce a rebound that Calgary Flames choice Émile Poirier deposited in to complete the comeback. It was a big win for Gatineau, which was playing its second game since losing Ottawa Senators-drafted wing Vincent Dunn to a broken ankle.
No. 2 star: Brandon Magee, Victoria Royals (WHL)
Magee (2G, +1) might wish to arrange to play all his games south of the border. The 19-year-old forward scored 31 seconds into overtime to give Victoria a 3-2 win over the powerhouse Portland Winterhawks. Magee took a lead pass from Steven Hodges, built speed and stuck with the play while going 1-on-2 vs. defenders Anton Cederholm and Derrick Pouliot, scoring a top-shelf goal to end the game.
Magee has had four goals in back-to-back road games vs. U.S. Division games after being snakebitten 15 consecutive games on Canadian ice. Royals goalie Coleman Vollrath also came up big with 41 saves.
No. 3 star: Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
The 17-year-old Dal Colle (3G) is having a month, man. His hat trick during the Generals' 5-3 win at Niagara gives him 14 points in his last five games and 37 on the campaign, good for second in the Ontario league race in between a pair of 19-year-olds, Toronto Maple Leafs selection Connor Brown of Erie and Sudbury Wolves pivot Mathew Campagna.
Oshawa coach D.J. Smith must feel like he's playing poker with seven kings in his hand when Dal Colle and the likes of offensive leaders Cole Cassels and Scott Laughton are on the same frequency. Dal Colle wired in a wrister off a soft tee-up from Laughton in the first period to put the 'Shwa up 2-0 on the road. The IceDogs got level by the end of the second, but Dal Colle got the dirty areas twice in the third to score power-play goals. That makes 12 wins for Oshawa in 16 games since Laughton returned from the Philadelphia Flyers camp.
Honourable mention: Laurent Dauphin, Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
Dauphin (3A, +3) helped Chicoutimi defuse the Drummondville Voltigeurs with a 6-3 doubling-up on the road. The Phoenix Coyotes second-rounder was in on goals 105 seconds apart late in the first by Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon (2G, +2) and Jérémy Lépine that staked the Sags to a 4-1 lead. It was a one-goal game in the third when Dauphin fed Janne Puhakka for a dagger goal that led to Drummondville pulling in its sail.
Honourable mention: Torrin White, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
White (2G-1A, +1) had one of his most memorable nights of his Moose Jaw tenure, scoring with 1:01 left in overtime for a 4-3 Warriors win over rival Saskatoon. The 18-year-old was involved in two quick-strike salvos, getting his apple on a goal 50 seconds into the second and scoring 1:43 into the third.
Potent notables — Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Hunter Shinkaruk (1G, -2) scored for Medicine Hat in his second game back from a hip ailment ... The Regina Pats were credited with 54 shots in a road win at Seattle; Calgary Flames first-rounder Morgan Klimchuk had two goals in the 5-3 Pats win to give him five in his past two games... Spokane overage Mitch Holmberg became the first CHL player to reach 50 points after scoring a goal during the Chiefs' loss at Kootenay ... Columbus Blue Jackets third-rounder Oliver Bjorkstrand has points in 19-of-20 games for Portland after scoring a third-period tying goal ... Calgary Flames fourth-rounder Brett Kulak (2G, +2) was first star as Dalton Thrower-less Vancouver beat Prince George ... Draft-year D Haydn Fleury (3A, +1) led Red Deer to a 4-3 road win at Lethbridge ... Kelowna's Jordon Cooke had a 25-save shutout vs. Edmonton, his seven career bagel. The Rockets are 16-0-0-2 in Cooke's last 18 regular-season starts ... In the OHL, Washington Capitals first-rounder André Burakovsky scored a hat trick to give him 14 goals in 17 games with Erie ... Pittsburgh Penguins-drafted goalie Matt Murray stopped 32-of-34 in the game and 6-of-7 in the circus in Sault Ste. Marie's shootout win over Peterborough ... The Petes took 4-of-6 points for the week, with Nick Ritchie scoring six points in the three games ... Barrie's Daniel Gibl stopped 31-of-32 shots in a home win over North Bay ... New York Islanders pick Victor Crus Rydberg (1G-1A) was the game's first star during Plymouth's shootout loss to Windsor ... Columbus Blue Jackets selection Nick Moutrey scored for the third game in a row for Saginaw ... Owen Sound's Brandon Hope stopped 37-of-38 Sudbury shots to help the Attack get back to .500 (9-9-1-1) ... In the QMJHL, New York Rangers pick Anthony Duclair (2G-1A, +4 in Quebec's win over Rouyn-Noranda) now has 18 goals in 20 games. Duclair had all of 20 in 55 games last season ... Detroit Red Wings first-rounder Anthony Mantha (2G-1A, +1) led Val-d'Or to a road win at Sherbrooke and now has 48 points in 19 games ... Third-year defenceman Matt Murphy (2G-1A, +3) had his first multi-goal game during Halifax's win over Saint John ... Boston native Cameron Darcy's third two-goal night of the season gave Cape Breton its winning margin over Shawinigan.
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