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Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna Rockets snap Kamloops Blazers’ win streak: Thursday’s 3 Stars

Kelowna's Tyrell Goulbourne snapped his goalless drought in a big win(Getty Images)

No. 1 star: Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Goulbourne (1G, +2) helped snap three streaks in one night — the Kamloops Blazers' 14-game win streak, star centre Colin Smith's 17-game point streak and his own 33-game goalless drought that extended to Feb. 4. The magnitude of all that is enough to propel the 18-year-old to top spot. Goulbourne, an edgy energy player who's shuffled in and out of Kelowna's lineup this season, had not had a point all season, but his goal with 7:22 left in the second launched the Rockets toward a 3-0 win and Kamloops' first regulation loss. The 18-year-old also did the dirty work along the boards to help slow down the Blazers.

Kelowna coach Ryan Huska acknowledged during a post-game radio interview his team had hoped it would get the chance to break the Blazers' goose-egg in the loss column. It was a workmanlike effort. Defencemen Cole Martin and Damon Severson stymied the Call Upon Line of Smith, Tim Bozon and JC Lipon, the WHL's top three scorers. Goalie Jordon Cooke made 19 saves for his second shutout and Cody Fowlie netted his first two goals for Kelowna.

No. 2 star: Josh Ho-Sang, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

The 16-year-old had his first three-point game to help the Spitfires double up the rival London Knights 6-3, including the clinching goal with 3:26 left in the third period. Goalie Jaroslav Pavelka copped first-star honours at the WFCU Centre after stopping 38-of-41 shots, including 31-of-33 in the first two frames, but Ho-Sang (1G-2A, +2) was the Spitfires' closer. It was a superb response to getting benched last weekend, as he helped Windsor avenge a recent 8-2 loss to London.

Windsor was up a goal late and had London teetering when Ho-Sang roasted Knights defenders, including Pittsburgh Penguins first-rounder Olli Maatta (minus-4 on the night), to put the game away.

He also earned apples on both of the second-period Spitfires goals that erased London's early lead.

No. 3 star: Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals (OHL)

Jenner (2G-2A, +2) led the Generals to an easy 5-0 win over the Peterborough Petes and moved back into the league scoring lead. The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect snapped in the opening goal off a scrum in the period, then fed Scott Sabourin for a short-handed strike in the second period. The game more or less snowballed from there for both sides. The Petes' superb rookie goalie, Michael Giugovaz, kept the score somewhat respectable by making 48 saves.

Honourable mention: Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

Strome (1G-1A, +2) managed to produce while space was at a premium in Niagara's 2-0 shutout win over the Kitchener Rangers. In a possible prelude to a potential Canada-U.S. matchup at the world junior chamionship, Strome opened the scoring with a pro-quality goal on likely Team USA starting goaltender John Gibson, going bar down to finish a 2-on-1 rush. The New York Islanders prospect also won a puck battle along the boards in the dying seconds to feed Brett Ritchie for the empty-netter.

Potent notables — Projected NHL first-round pick Hunter Shinkaruk scored two third-period goals to ice Medicine Hat's 5-1 win over Vancouver. Former Tiger Kale Kessy scored against his old team to spare the Giants from being shut out ... Carolina Hurricanes prospect Daniel Altshuller earned his first OHL shutout by making 29 saves for Oshawa ... In the QMJHL, defenceman Jimmy Oligny scored twice and Josh Currie had four assists in P.E.I.'s 6-2 rout of Shawinigan.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (video: CTV London).

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