Guelph Storm's Luke Cairns has 5-point night: Thursday's OHL & QMJHL 3 Stars

Cairns (shown earlier this season with Saginaw) had 5 points on Thursday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)
Cairns (shown earlier this season with Saginaw) had 5 points on Thursday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

No. 1 star: Luke Cairns, Guelph Storm (OHL)

With the Robby Fabbri-Cairns-Chris Marchese line combining for 15 points, the Storm whipped the Windsor Spitifres 9-3 to stay close behind the London Knights in the Western Conference race.

All three members of the unit had five-point nights, with Cairns (3G-2A, +4) copping first-star honours at the WFCU Centre after scoring his first Ontario Hockey League hat trick in his 239th game. The overage winger had a first-period goal, then notched four points in a four-minute, 46-second span of the second, earning primary assists on goals by Fabbri (3G-2A, +4) and scoring off setups from Marchese (1G-4A, +4), an ex-Spitfire.

The win moved the Storm to within three points of third-place London with a game in hand. Guelph has four games remaining to the Knights' three.

No. 2 star: Ryan MacInnis, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

MacInnis (2G-1A, +2) factored into three consecutive Rangers goals during an 8-1 win over London in a potential playoff preview. The Arizona Coyotes second-rounder drew the helper on overage defenceman Max Iafrate's short-handed goal 93 seconds into the second that staked Kitchener to a 3-1 advantage. The second-year centre then scored goals 83 seconds apart against London goalie Tyler Parsons, who has been a Kitchener nemesis throughout the season. The second tally was MacInnis' 25th on the campaign.

No. 3 star: Antoine Waked, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

Waked (1G-1A, +2) notched first-star honours as Rouyn-Noranda walked out of Blainville-Boisbrand with a decisive 5-1 road win. He scored the opening goal 2:46 into the game and drew an assist on a second-period Alexandre Sills tally that put the Huskies ahead to stay. Jérémy Lauzon scored fewer than two minutes later to open a 3-1 cushion and Jérémy Belisle (21 saves) helped the Huskies make off with two big points.

Honourable mention: Joseph Blandisi

Blandisi (1G) scored his 49th of the season short-handed in the second period, earning first-star honours as the Colts shaded interconference rival Owen Sound. The goal was significant for the Colts since the assist came from Andrew Mangiapane, giving Barrie three 100-point scorers in the same season for the first time in their 20-year history.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.</p

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