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Portland Winterhawks' Chase De Leo (Marissa Baecker, Getty Images)

No. 1 star: Chase De Leo, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

De Leo (1G-1A, +2) was pivotal during the four-goal second period (half of the second period, really) that vaulted the 'Hawks to a 5-2 win over the Everett Silvertips. Everett, which nearly upset league-leading Kamloops on Tuesday, nursed a one-goal lead into the second period before the 17-year-old De Leo scored a beauty goal on a wrist shot. Portland notched three more goals within the next 10 minutes. The big takeaway was that instead of Team Canada candidate Ty Rattie doing the heavy lifting, the rally was carried by De Leo, fellow 17-year-olds Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brendan Leipsic and top NHL draft prospect Seth Jones, the only one of the four who is old enough to vote in next Tuesday's U.S. election. (Okay, Leipsic is Canadian and Bjorkstrand is a Dane with an American father, but you get the drift). De Leo also made a great pass to set up Bjorkstrand's goal.

No. 2 star: Sven Andrighetto, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

Andrighetto (2G, +2), Mathieu Brisebois (1G-2A, +3) and Jean-Sébastien Dea (1G-2A, +3) cleaned up in Rouyn-Noranda's 6-3 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix. The expansion Phoenix had visions of taking a point out of their visit to northern Quebec after rookie sensation Daniel Audette tied the score 6:34 into the third. However, Brisebois and Andrighetto, the latter with his 14th in 17 games, scored to restore Rouyn-Noranda's upper hand. Dea's three-point game moved him into the Quebec league scoring leader, with a 34-33 edge on Andrighetto. It's nice to have two players each counting a two-points-per-game clip.

No. 3 star: Jacob Brennan, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

Brennan, 18, showed why the Titan made him their starter this season, stopping 37-of-39 shots in a win over the offensively potent Moncton Wildcats. Taking two points from a Maritimes Division opponent is huge, obviously, and Acadie-Bathurst probably owes it to their goalie stopping all 16 shots in the second period and 10-of-11 in the third.

Honourable mention: Xavier Ouellet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)

B-B's best blueliner earned first-star honours after suppressing Jonathan Huberdeau and friends in a 2-1 road win over the Saint John Sea Dogs. Ouellet (1A, +1), a Detroit Red Wings second-round pick, delivered at each end of the ice and helped blank the Sea Dogs at even strength. The Ryan Tesink-Huberdeau-Stephen MacAulay line did deliver a power-play goal.

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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