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Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin had a nice weekend: Sunday’s 3 Stars

Neate Sager
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Nathan MacKinnon (right) and Jonathan Drouin (The Canadian Press)

No. 1 stars: Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

The Herd duo combined for nine points in an 8-1 marooning of the P.E.I. Rocket Prince Edward Island Islanders, with MacKinnon (2G-2A, +4) being named the game's first star. The consensus favourite to the be the NHL's No. 1 overall pick scored a highlight-reel goal where he stickhandled out of the corner and manoeuvred by three defenders before finishing it off; if he had done that closer to Toronto, it would already be on a stamp. Drouin (1G-4A, +4) clearly didn't rest on his laurels after scoring a YouTube-worthy goal of his own on Friday vs. Cape Breton. This is a stage of the season where 17-year-olds are given a lot of rope as teams try to determine how much they've imprved over their rookie years, but MacKinnon and Drouin are looking very impressive. Their left wing, Stefan Fournier (1G-1A), made it an 11-point day for the line.


No. 2 star: Curtis Lazar, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

The potential NHL first-rounder got his first Western League hat trick in Edmonton's 6-2 romp over Red Deer, which was without star defenceman Mathew Dumba, who is among nine WHLers at risk of suspension for major penalties in games this weekend. (Dumba got a head-checking major in Red Deer's opener.) Lazar's big day included a first-period short-handed goal where he finished off a 1-on-1 rush by snapping a shot by Red Deer 'tender Patrik Bartosak. Lazar also tallied twice in the second period, completing the hatty with a laser from the top of the circle.

No. 3 star: Seth Griffith, London Knights (OHL)

The Boston Bruins pick was the game's first star in an 8-2 goring of the Guelph Storm, following up on his hat trick from last Friday with a two-goal, one-assist effort. Griffith, who might be the Ontario League's best bet to score 50 or more goals, scored in the opening frame to erase an early Storm lead. He also set up Matt Rupert (2G) during a four-goal second period that decided the issue early. Eight Knights had at least two points, with Toronto Maple Leafs-drafted centre Ryan Rupert tallying four assists.

Honourable mention: Caleb Belter, Prince George Cougars (WHL)

The 19-year-old right wing had the tying goal with 3:00 left in regulation and also went backhand to convert a do-or-done attempt in the fifth round of the shootout to help the Cougars earn a 7-6 shootout win over the Everett Silvertips. This game had everything: 16 power plays, seven special-teams goals, a three-goal Cougars comeback in the third period and a seven-round shootout. The Cougars, who were shooting second, twice had to convert to continue the game; draft-year forward Alex Forsberg also scored in the third round after NHL No. 2 overall pick Ryan Murray had put Everett ahead.

Everett overage defenceman Landon Oslanski (2G-2A) had a career-high four points, although it was probably a hollow accomplishment.

Potent notables — With star Ty Rattie suspended indefinitely over a cross-checking major on Friday, sophomores Chase De Leo and Nic Petan each scored two goals to lead Portland to a win over rival Tri-City. Petan, 17, had eight points in three games this week ... In the OHL, Ottawa Senators first-rounder Matt Puempel scored both Kitchener Rangers goals and made his shootout attempt in the 3-2 win at Sarnia ... Vancouver Canucks draft Frank Corrado had three assists in Sudbury's win ... In the QMJHL, Ottawa-drafted goalie Francois Brassard had a 25-save shutout for Quebec ... St. Louis Blues second-rounder Dmitrij Jaskin had two goals and a successful shootout attempt in Moncton's 5-4 win at Cape Breton.

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

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