Russian rookie scores 3 to snap 17-game losing streak in Quebec for Baie-Comeau: Thursday’s Three Stars

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No. 1 Star: Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

It was a fairly uneventful night in the CHL tonight, but the big story was an 8-2 blowout of one of the Q's best teams, the Quebec Remparts at the hands of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. That's for a number of reasons. The first is Valentin Zykov, a 1995-born product out ofSt. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida) and taken with a late selection in the import draft, scored goals 7, 8 and 9 on the season for the hat-trick.

That's one of the big stories. Zykov is a first-time eligible draftee this upcoming June and he now has nine goals in 13 games (along with a thoroughly sustainable 14.3% shooting average). He'll suit up for the Super Series in both of the QMJHL games for Team Russia along with two drafted Russian stars in Mikhail Grigorenko and Anton Zlobin, which is sort of cool since he'll be one of the few draft-eligible Russian players on the squad.

But the game was bigger for several reasons. Not since February of 2008, or 17 games, has Baie-Comeau won at Colisée Pepsi. The Drakkar didn't so much break the streak as they shattered it, out-shooting Quebec 35-22 in the process. Zykov took 10 of those attempts.

No. 2 Star: Scott Harrington, London Knights (OHL)

There was just 32.2 seconds on the clock when Scott Harrington took a pass from Matt Rupert and ripped a low wrist shot past goalie Andrew D'Agostini to give the London Knights their first, only, and final, lead of their game against Peterborough. The big Team Canada vet and Pittsburgh Penguins-select capitalized on the teams' only power play of the night that came very late in a tie game. It was also Harrington's first goal on the season.

London survived a big scare against the inferior Petes (who dropped to 2-7-2-1 on the season) going into the third period down by a score of 4-2. but clawed their way back thanks to two goals from San Jose Sharks-select Chris Tierney's first two goals on the season, and another marker from Seth Griffith just 1:03 into the third period.

No. 3 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting (OHL)

A fairly efficient game for the Montreal Canadiens No. 3 overall select from this past June. Tied 2-2 toward the end of the second, Alex Galchenyuk had the puck on his stick for a penalty shot. His attempt on Jaroslav Pavelka was somewhat casual, but it did the job. Here, take a look:

Galchenyuk also sealed the deal late with an empty net goal that caused a bit of a ruckus, as you can probably expect in a game involving with Spitfires and a scoreline where one team is down by more than two goals.

Potent Notables: Aaron Ekblad scored the OT winner for Barrie against Brampton, giving the 16-year-old defenceman a three-game goal streak and pushing the Colts back into first overall in the OHL ... Five different goal scorers for Niagara, including Ryan Strome, in their 5-1 win over Sault Ste. Marie… P.E.I. Rocket captain Josh Currie scored a hat trick in a 6-3 win against Chicoutimi… Another 'Q' overager, Alex Saulnier, scored three for Moncton... Raphaël Lafontaine scored twice in the third to bring Acadie-Bathurst to OT, but Victoriaville's Troy Vance scored the winner 1:28 in.

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