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MISSISSAUGA — The best and brightest from the Owen Sound Attack's 5-0 win over the Kootenay Ice on Saturday at the MasterCard Memorial Cup:

No. 1 star: Robby Mignardi, Owen Sound Attack

The OHL playoff MVP bested the WHL playoff MVP twice, as Mignardi continued his dream season by beating Kootenay's Nathan Lieuwen for the game's first goal and later sniped a short-handed dagger midway through the third period that opened a 3-0 Attack lead. The overage right wing, who deserves to sign a pro contract like yesterday, showed his usual qualities as a finisher and also played a solid all-around game.

No. 2 star: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack

One of the youngest goaltenders to ever start in the tournament played like a 19-year-old veteran, shepherding the Attack through some early penalty problems and a Kootenay surge in the second period. Binnington looked secure and relaxed, particularly in the second when he made 15 of his 29 saves. The biggest was when Binnington, 17, stopped Cody Eakin in close after the Ice centre beat the defence and cut in on goal. Binnington was shaken up on the play, but showed no ill effects.

No. 3 star: Andrew Shaw, Owen Sound Attack

Shaw, coming back from a two-game suspension for a match penalty in the OHL final, played with his trademark jam, getting under the skin of the Ice and assisting on both of Mignardi's goals. The first was all hard work, as the Belleville native muscled a Kootenay defender off the puck and centred it to Mignardi to open the scoring with 3:11 left in the opening period. 

First honourable mention: Cody Eakin, Kootenay Ice

As one wag put it, this could have been really ugly without the Ordinary Superstar, who kept spectators rapt whenever he swooped down the ice with the puck on his stick, at least during the first 40 minutes. Eakin created numerous scoring chances for the Ice, especially 5-on-5, something it will need much more of on Sunday against Mississauga. Binnington stopped him cold at least three times.

Second honourable mention: Roman Berdnikov, Owen Sound Attack

The Russian left wing scored two goals, including the 2-0 tally early in the second period that staggered the Attack. He one-timed a drop pass from Mike Halmo by Lieuwen; while the Attack made a show of getting back into the game, a two-goal spread was too much for an Ice team that isn't built for comebacks.

Third honourable mention: Nathan Lieuwen, Kootenay Ice

The 19-year-old goalie kept Kootenay in the game as long as he could with breakaway saves in the first on Shaw and in the third on Joey Hishon. Lieuwen, who also came up with a big third-period pad save on Mignardi, stopped 28-of-33 shots.

Entertainment value — B.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (photo: OHL Images).

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