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Sarnia Sting’s Charlie Sarault has 5-point day: Sunday’s 3 Stars

Sarault leads the Ontario League with 85 points(OHL Images)

No. 1 star: Charlie Sarault, Sarnia Sting (OHL)

Sarault (1G-4A, +3) and Reid Boucher (2G, +3) continued to ensure the Sting don't miss Alex Galchenyuk too much, as they led Sarnia past the Barrie Colts 6-5 in an absolute scorefest. The day began with the Sting wearing the Cornwall Royals 1980s throwback jerseys during the warmup as a tribute to Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk and then the two teams channeled a game from that decade. By the time Boucher popped in his own rebound for the game-winner after taking a Sarault feed, the New Jersey Devils draft pick had his 49th goal of the season and Sarault had an OHL-best 85 points.

Sarault kept his teammates' plates piled high with loaves and passes all afternoon. The Fournier, Ont., native showed great vision in the second period, when he zipped a pass through the traffic to give Boucher a one-time goal and then set up 17-year-old offensive defenceman Anthony DeAngelo (1G-2A, +2) a few minutes later.

Fittingly, on a day when a Winnipeg Jets great was honoured, Mark Scheifele had two goals for Barrie. The centre had six points in three games this weekend after returning from the Jets.

No. 2 star: Vincent Trocheck, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

So Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci decided five minutes before puck drop on Saturday to have Trocheck centre Ryan Hartman and Tom Wilson and they combined for 20 points across back-to-back Whalers wins.

Trocheck, a Florida Panthers prospect, was simply dominant during a 5-2 road win over the Brampton, scoring four goals and finishing plus-4. The Pittsburgh native helped the Whalers, who had the Saturday night game/Sunday afternoon game tight turnaround, lose their bus legs by whacking in a backhand on the first shift of the game. Trocheck scored on another backhand in the second period and completed his hat trick with a short-hander on a breakaway; he capped the game with an empty-netter.

The 19-year-old Trocheck, with 80 points in 48 games with Saginaw and Plymouth, is averaging 1.67 per contest. Only the Niagara IceDogs' Ryan Strome (1.74) has been more proficient among players who have not been called up to the NHL. Trocheck might be lower profile because he plays for a U.S. team, but he should be in the Red Tilson Trophy conversation in the OHL.

No. 3 star: Adam Lowry, Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Lowry (2G, +1) was a force as the Broncos ended the Edmonton Oil Kings' 11-game win streak with a 3-1 victory. The 6-foot-5 centre who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets last summer helped shut down the Oil Kings' potent offence without taking away from his own game, as he scored in the game's fifth minute and then got the clincher early in the third period off a centing pass from Graham Black. This accolade is more of a team honour, since several Broncos were integral. New Jersey Devils-drafted defenceman Reece Scarlett assisted on all three Broncos goals and Dillon Heatherington blocked and endless number of shots, while goalie Eetu Laurikainen stopped 38-of-39 Oil Kings shots.

Honourable mention: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

The Kootenay Ice's climb into the playoff picture has been abated temporarily, thanks to Cox's two goals which gave the eighth-place Tigers a 3-2 decision in a game with big WHL Eastern Conference playoff implications. Kootenay seemed to be in a good spot, nursing a 1-0 lead through 25 minutes. But the Tigers broke on top to stay with markers 89 seconds apart from Curtis Valk and the 17-year-old Cox. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound Cox came up huge midway through the third period, roofing a shot for what proved to be the winning goal.

Honourable mention: Tobias Rieder, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

The Edmonton Oilers pick got two goals — running his point streak to 12, tied with linemate Josh Leivo for the OHL's longest current skein — to lead Kitchener past London 4-3. In a rivalry game that lived up to its billing, the Reider-Matt Puempel-Leivo line did what a group of drafted 19-year-olds should do, scoring three of the Rangers goals. Leivo created Reider's opening goal in the eighth minute. Kitchener never trailed in the game, but it wasted a five-minute third-period power play after London's Ryan Rupert earned a match penalty for spearing and the lead was looking shaky. But Puempel (1G-1A), Leivo (2A) and Rieder (2G) combined on a three-way passing play to open a 4-2 lead, which gave Kitchener just enough of a cushion to absorb a late London push.

Rieder has 14 goals and 19 points during his dozen-game scoring streak. Leivo, a Toronto Maple Leafs third-rounder, has four goals and 17 points over the same span.

Potent notables — The Victoria Royals took sole possession of fourth place in the WHL Western Conference with a 5-3 win at Spokane, boosted by 18-year-old Austin Carroll getting a Gordie Howe hat trick with a second assist thrown in ... Myles Bell, with three assists, hit the 75-point plateau during Kelowna's win at Everett ... Ottawa 67's left wing Ryan Van Stralen had his first OHL hat trick during a 6-4 loss to Belleville, who got two goals from Edmonton Oilers selection Daniil Zharkov ... the Kingston Frontenacs ended their 12-game losing streak with Warren Steele scoring the third-period winner against the 16-skater Windsor Spitfires. Windsor's Kerby Rychel scored to give him six goals in six games (and 32 for the season) ... Rimouski's Peter Trainor (2G-3A, +4) retook the QMJHL scoring lead with his five-point day at Saint John, giving him an 86-84 lead over the P.E.I. Rocket's Ben Duffy ... Calgary Flames-drafted defenceman Ryan Culkin scored his first goal since Oct. 19 during Quebec's 3-2 squeaker over Shawinigan.

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