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Sven Andrighetto gets 5 points, Luke Lee-Knight steals 2 points and Jaimen Yakubowski snipes 5 goals: Friday’s 3 Stars

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies' Sven Andrighetto (The Canadian Press)

No. 1 star: Sven Andrighetto, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

Andrighetto (1G-4A, +3), Sergei Kucherov (3G-2A) and Jean-Sébastien Dea (2G, -1) shepherded the Huskies to a 6-4 win over their northern Quebec rival, the Val-d'Or Foreurs. From the looks of it, this was a see-saw offensive game and the big trio essentially provided all of the Huskies offence, accounting for 15 of their 18 dangerous shots.

The 19-year-old Andrighetto, who will be expected to be a big offensive contributor for Switzerland at the IIHF world U20 championship in fewer than three weeks' time, was in on every goal that Rouyn-Noranda put past the Foreurs' François Tremblay. The Huskies fell behind twice in the first period, but the Zurich native responded each time by scoring from close range and setting up Kucherov, the Tampa Bay Lightning second-rounder, later in the period.

Andrighetto's aerial pass also sprung Kucherov for a second-period breakaway goal. In the third, he also helped work the puck to Dea on a power play before providing the screen on what stood up as the winning goal. The big five-point night, which was Andrighetto's second this season, moved him into a tie for second in QMJHL scoring. The Huskies also climbed to fourth overall in point percentage.

Tri-City's Luke Lee-Knight (Clint Trahan photo)No. 2 star: Luke Lee-Knight, Tri-City Americans (WHL)

Lee-Knight came through with a career game in a rare start, stymieing the powerful Portland Winterhawks by stopping 44-of-46 shots in a 3-2 decision. The 19-year-old southpaw from Calgary got the call after starter Eric Comrie allowed seven goals and he was both good and lucky against the stacked Winterhawks, who dominated the game with a 46-13 edge in shots but hit three goal posts and didn't score until the final frame.

A Portland comeback almost seemed inevitable after they pulled within a goal. Lee-Knight got even sharper once the margin tightened. He came up with a glove save on Ty Rattie on a breakaway and made two big left-pad stops in the final 90 seconds, stopping Seth Jones from close range and then stoning Nic Petan with eight ticks left on the clock. Talk about an inspired performance.

Jaimen Yakubowski had a career night (Lethbridge Hurricanes)No. 3 star: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Yakubowski (5G, +3) would own this night if the 'Canes could have held on to win a game where they led for nearly 51 minutes and had four multi-goal leads before taking an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. The reigning WHL player of the week scored five goals, including a short-hander and a power-play tally with less than a second on the clock in the second period. Medicine Hat just refused to let its Southern Alberta rivals get away. They battled back to get the SOW thanks to 18-year-old wing Miles Koules's five-point effort as well as Hunter Shinkaruk (2G-1A, +1) and Curtis Valk (2G, +1) each scored twice before converting in the shootout.

Still, five goals ... Yakubowski had to be a star tonight. The undersized power winger has already topped his goal and point totals from his rookie season and is still playing a rugged game. It's shame for him and the 'Canes that such a big night did not lead to a full result.

"I don't know if it was a full moon outside today, but it felt like it inside," 'Canes assistant coach Chris Chisamore said in a post-game radio interview.

"It was like the 1980s NHL out there."

Honourable mention: Phillip Danault, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

The Team Canada hopeful and Chicago Blackhawks prospect had season-high-tying four points to help Victoriaville end the Moncton Wildcats' seven-game win streak with a 7-3 blowout win. Danault assisted on three of the first four Tigres goals to help open a commanding lead before the game was half over. The 19-year-old Danault also snapped in an insurance goal with 5:45 to play. That brought him up to 40 points on the year as he readies to leave for Canada's camp.

Honourable mention: Zane Jones, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

The Brady Brassart-Jones-Brooks Macek line lifted Calgary to its fourth consecutive win over the Edmonton Oil Kings, a 5-2 win on Edmonton's Teddy Bear Toss night. Calgary spotted Edmonton the first two goals, but it 2-all with 8:10 left in regulation when Jones (2G, +2) darted into the slot to bury Brassart's feed from behind the net. With 3:18 to play, they hooked up on another goal that put the game on ice. The Alberta rivals meet against Saturday.

Honourable mention: Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)

The Los Angeles Kings selection made a solitary goal stand up by blanking the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1-0. Gibson made 31 saves total, including eight off the ever-dangerous overager Petr Straka in a matchup of 20-year-olds who are (presently or formerly) NHL second-round picks, to help beat a division rival. Charles Hudon ran his point streak to 13 games by scoring the lone goal.

Honourable mention: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls (OHL)

Subban stopped 34-of-35 shots in front of Team Canada coach Steve Spott, helping Belleville shade the Kitchener Rangers 3-1. The Boston Bruins prospect, who could go head-to-head against his national team competition Jordan Binnington on Saturday, was facing a depleted Rangers team, but he had to be sharp since scoring was at a premium. The Bulls didn't put this one away until Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Brendan Gaunce scored with 12:08 left.

Honourable mention: Matt Bellerive, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Team award time! The Rebels deserve a nod for coming from behind on the road to nip Moose Jaw 2-1 for their ninth consecutive win. Bellerive celebrated his 18th birthday by scoring the game-winner with 10 seconds to play.

Potent notables — Spokane's Mitch Holmberg (2G-1A, +3) helped the Chiefs win at Brandon to stay perfect on their Prairie road trip ... St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Edmundson scored in his Kamloops Blazers debut and helped goalie Cole Cheveldave record a 23-save shutout vs. Prince George ... In the OHL, Jimmy McDowell (1G-2A, +3) helped Erie beat Ottawa to give coach Kris Knoblauch his first win with the Otters ... Toronto Maple Leafs pick Ryan Rupert (1G-1A, +2) ended his 20-game goalless drought while helping London win its 17th in a row, 5-2 over Niagara ... Buffalo Sabres first-rounder Mikhail Grigorenko scored his 27th goal of the season to tie for the QMJHL lead ... German national junior team hopeful Marvin Cüpper had a 23-save shutout to help Shawinigan beat Sherbrooke in a basement battle.

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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