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P.E.I. Rocket’s Josh Currie has 6-point day: Sunday’s 3 Stars

P.E.I. Rocket's Josh Currie (Getty Images)

No. 1 star: Josh Currie, P.E.I. Rocket (QMJHL)

There is a Gordie Howe hat trick — goal, assist and fighting major in one game. Then there is what Currie (2G-4A, +5) did in P.E.I.'s 6-3 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs, which was only anything and everything. The overage centre led the Rocket to a win by factoring in every goal, including a first-period pair by Ben Duffy, who became P.E.I.'s career leader in goals. Currie also dropped the gloves with Saint John's yappy Ryan Tesink, sniped a short-hander early inthe third period to put the game away and also was 18-of-27 (66.7 per cent on the faceoffs).

It sounds like he had a pretty full day, although running mate Duffy got first-star honours for his record-setting feat. The outburst gave Currie a QMJHL-leading 61 points.

No. 2 star: Brandon Robinson, Brampton Battalion (OHL)

The 17-year-old Robinson (3G-1A, +3) had his first major junior hat trick to help Brampton bury the Niagara IceDogs 7-1. Robinson did all his damage within barely 16 minutes of game action. He lost a goal to a quick whistle in the second period, but he and Matt MacLeod (2G, +2) scored 50 seconds apart late in the frame to open a 4-1 lead. Robinson, a 2014 NHL draft prospect, scored two more goals in the third period. It was the Battalion's first hat trick in 364 days.

No. 3 star: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

St. Croix (4G, +1) could not stop playing with his early Christmas gift of having the Regina Pats on the schedule. St. Croix channeled Tim Kerr, ironically since he is a New York Rangers prospect and Kerr did his best work in Philadelphia, by scoring four power-play goals in Edmonton's 8-1 rout. The 19-year-old Winnipegger's second of the game 45 seconds into the third period opened a 3-0 Oil Kings lead and well, after that it just got out of hand.

Honourable mention: Cole Cassels, Oshawa Generals (OHL

The 17-year-old Cassels might regret that the OHL is going on a 10-day break. The Columbus, Ohio native's two-goal effort which included the late deadlock-snapper in the Generals' 4-3 win over the Ottawa 67's gave Cassels points in eight of his past 10 games. Cassels, who was facing the franchise his father starred for two decades ago, showed skill and sticktoitiveness on both of his markers. Cassels scored from the slot in the second period. In the third, he fanned a chance in tight but recovered and scored over Ottawa's Clint Windsor while being checked.

Honourable mention: Michael Schumacher, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Schumacher (1G-2A, +1), a Los Angeles Kings pick, and Philadelphia Flyers selection Nick Cousins (1G-2A, +1) were superb in the Soo's 4-1 home win over the Windsor Spitfires. In a crucial division game, a quintessential four-pointer, Schumacher opened the scoring and assisted on a goalie by impressive rookie Jared McCann to give the 'Hounds a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes. The 19-year-old Swede fed Cousins for a second-period salvo that forced Windsor to play catch up. The seventh-place 'Hounds moved two points clear of Windsor and three of Saginaw with the win.

Honourable mention: Ryan Rupert, London Knights (OHL)

London's 21st consecutive win has already been covered off in some detail; Rupert and Boston Bruins pick Seth Griffith each scored two goals in the 6-5 comeback overtime win over Kingston. Rupert, an 18-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs pick, hasn't been scoring but not for lack of effort. London relied on the line of Rupert between his twin Matt Rupert and 17-year-old Bo Horvat heavily and Kingston goalie Colin Furlong stoned them several times. Ryan Rupert would not be denied though; his second goal of the day sent the game to overtime.

Potent notables — Kootenay Ice goalie Mackenzie Skapski had 50 saves in a 4-0 loss to Swift Current. Winnipeg Jets pick Adam Lowry had a natural hat trick for the Broncos ... Brooks Macek (2G-1A, +2) led Calgary to a 6-2 romp over road-weary Kelowna ... Luke Siemens' 35-save shutout led Prince Albert over Brandon ... Kingston Frontenacs defenceman Matthew Watson, a 16-year-old Junior B callup in his third OHL game, was plus-3 during the 6-5 OT loss to his hometown London Knights ... Detroit Red Wings pick Andreas Athanasiou (1G-1A, +1) ran his point streak to seven games during Barrie's 4-1 win at Peterborough. Petes rookie goalie Michael Giugovaz stopped two penalty shots .
In the QMJHL, Chicago Blackhawks-drafted goalie Brandon Whitney had a 31-save shutout for Victoriaville vs. expansion Sherbrooke.

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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