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Saturday’s 3 Stars: Rattie continues roll, gives rival the BluesNo. 1 star: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Rattie is on a better roll than Richard Dreyfuss' character in Let It Ride, a movie he's nowhere near old enough to have ever heard of. The St. Louis Blues second-round pick set up Sven Bärtschi's winning goal 30 seconds into overtime to lift the 'Hawks to a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs. The Airdrie, Alta., native had two goals and two assists, giving him 14 points already this month. Not coincidentally, the Winterhawks are 5-0 on the month.

Bärtschi also had three points for the Winterhawks, who swept their two-game home series with Spokane.

No. 2 star: Michael Sgarbossa, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)

The slick centre hit for the cycle, so to speak, by scoring at even strength, on the power play and short-handed in a span of less than five minutes in the Wolves' 6-3 road win over the Guelph Storm. That's a natural hat trick, cubed. That kind of performance highlights how much Sgarbossa matters to the Wolves. He also set up right wing Andrey Kuchin for the clinching third-period goal to complete a four-point night.

No. 3 star: Slater Koekkoek, Peterborough Petes (OHL)

The Mountain (Ont.) man had one goal and three assists to lead the Petes to an impressive 7-4 win over the Barrie Colts. Koekkoek, 17, gave the Petes a shot of confidence with a goal 4:33 into the game and also assisted on the game-turning goal late in the second. On a Petes penalty kill, the defenceman flipped the puck up the ice, giving rookie Stephen Nosad a chance to beat Barrie point man Steven Beyers to the puck and score a short-handed goal.

Detroit Red Wings draft pick Alan Quine and New York Rangers prospect Andrew Yogan each scored twice for the Petes.

Honourable mention: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Continuing with a theme of 17-year-old puck-moving defencemen having big offensive nights in 7-4 wins, Pulock had two goals and one assists to help the Wheaties beat the Prince Albert Raiders. Pulock who has been added to Team WHL for the Subway Super Series after a likely season-ending injury to Moose Jaw Warriors standout Morgan Rielly, is averaging more than a point per game (26 in 22 games). The Grandview, Man., native got both of his goals within four minutes of Prince Albert goalies, so his contributions were timely.

Western league scoring leader Mark Stone had two goals and two helpers to up his total to 46 points. The Ottawa Senators prospect has had a point in all but one of Brandon's 22 games.

Honourable mention: Alex Petrovic, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

The Florida Panthers prospect was a two-way tower of strength, chipping in one goal and three assists from his defence spot to lead Red Deer to a 7-4 win in their first visit to the Save-On Foods Centre in Victoria. Sounds like it was pretty good night offensively for the former team of NHL No. 1 overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Honourable mention: Mitchell Heard, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

The 19-year-old Bowmanville, Ont., had two goals and two assists as Plymouth ran on all eight cylinders, routing the suspension-ravaged Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8-0. Heard set up draft-season wing Tom Wilson for the opening goal with 1:49 left in the opening stanza and the roof fell in on the 'Hounds, who dressed just 15 skaters.

New York Rangers first-round choice J.T. Miller also had a two-goal night. Plymouth got its last goal 7:17 into the third, so it looks like coach Mike Vellucci took pains not to run up the score.

Honourable mention: Danick Gauthier, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

The overager had a four-point night to help the Jonathan Huberdeau-less Sea Dogs win a proverbial four-pointer by beating division rival Halifax 4-3. Thanks to two goals from Nathan MacKinnon, the Mooseheads were even at 2-2 until the last minute of the second period when Gauthier set up grinder Grant West for a goal. Gauthier then popped in a power-play goal 70 seconds into the third, giving the Sea Dogs the two-goal cushion they never cough up at home.

(Full recaps available on our news page.)

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

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