Scott Oke leads short-staffed Rimouski over the Tigres: Thursday’s 3 stars


No. 1 star: Scott Oke, Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)

Despite having key players out of their lineup due to injuries such as Jess Tanguy and Jasmin Boutet, Rimouski found a way to defeat the Victoriaville Tigres. Their fourth win of the season can be credited to several players stepping up, especially 19-year-old Scott Oke, who tallied two goals and one assist. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound winger first got on the board in the first period by setting up Frederick Gauthier's tie-up goal. Oke knocked the wind out of the Tigres just two minutes into the second period by giving the Océanic a commanding 4-1 lead. However, the Tigres didn't go away. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault potted his second goal of the night in the third to cut the deficit down to two with just over four minutes left. Oke made sure they wouldn't make a devastating comeback, though. He scored his second goal of the night in Victoriaville's empty cage. Oke is on pace for a monster year, having two goals and eight points throughout six games thus far.

No. 2 star: Barclay Goodrow, Brampton Battalion (OHL)

Goodrow (2G-1A, +2) got the ball rolling for the Battalion over the Kingston Frontenacs by scoring a short-handed marker roughly midway through the second period. He then gave Brampton a stranglehold by notching a power-play goal just over a minute after rookie Brennan Feasey scored his first major junior notch. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound winger put the nail on the coffin in the third period by setting up 16-year-old Nick Paul for his first OHL goal, making it a final score of 4-1. Goodrow is now leading the Battalion in points with four goals and five points in five games. Goodrow's 19-year-old season is a big one. It is his last year of draft eligibility and his NHL door is closing quickly. He did, however, receive a tryout to the New York Rangers' development camp this past June. So he obviously is on at least one team's radar.

No. 3 star: Zack Mitchell, Guelph Storm (OHL)

Mitchell, 19, wasn't okay with just a two-goal lead over the Windsor Spitfires after the second period. The 6-foot, 186-pound winger took over the game in the third period on the power play, netting two goals and an apple. He started off his monster period by lighting the lamp just over four minutes in. He went on to notch a helper and a second goal in the last two minutes of the game. Mitchell broke out last year, tallying 37 goals and 75 points. By starting off the year with two goals and six points in five games, Mitchell has started right where he left off.

Honourable mention: Luke Siemens, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

Last year's WHL champions were only able to crack the code on the Raiders' net once tonight thanks to the superb play of Siemens. The overage goaltender stopped 33 of the 34 Edmonton Oil Kings' shots, only letting in a lone power-play goal in the third period. Siemens' teammates made it easier for him by giving him some breathing room. Logan McVeigh, Carson Perreaux, Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill, and 2013 draft prospect Josh Morrissey each lit the lamp in the Raiders' 4-1 win.

Honourable mention: Josh Leivo, Subury Wolves (OHL)

After losing their last three games, Leivo (2G, +2) helped get the Wolves back into the win column. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect gave them a cushion goal just two minutes into the second period. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound winger later put the Wolves up by three by netting his second even-strength goal six minutes into the third period. The Wolves went on to win the game by a score of 4-1.

Honourable mention: Garret Sparks, Guelph Storm (OHL)

The 19-year-old Leafs prospect notched his first shutout of the young season, turning away all 23 shots that came his way from the Spitfires. He can partially thank the Spitfires' penalty troubles for his great night in the crease for the Storm. Windsor took 16 penalties for a total of 62 minutes.

Kelly Friesen is a Buzzing the Net columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KellyFriesen

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