November 29, 2010
No. 1 star: Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Making 41 saves through 65 minutes against the league-leading Portland Winterhawks is a nice enough feat. Bunz, an Edmonton Oilers selection, also faced down three current or likely future NHL first-round picks to seal the Tigers' 3-2 shootout win, stopping Ty Rattie, Nino Niederreiter and Sven Bartschi to secure an extra point for The Hat.
Bunz also made eight saves during the overtime period just to give his team a chance at the shutout.
Los Angeles Kings prospect Linden Vey scored his 18th goal of the season in regulation for the Tigers, giving him 21 points in seven games.
No. 2 star: Marek Hrivik, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
The Wildcats' Slovak forward had a hat trick and also chipped in an assists in Moncton's 5-2 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes. You know how teams hate to give up a goal in the last minute of a period? Hrivik scored in the final minute of each of the first two frames to help the 'Cats get the win. His centre, Devon MacAusland, was also big with three assists.
No. 3 star: Cody Lindsay, Ottawa 67's (OHL)
The overage centre collected three points in as many minutes during Ottawa's 7-1 wipeout of the Kingston Frontenacs. The game was supposed to be a first-place showdown, but turned out to be a bigger letdown than being a Mets fan after the 67's scored five goals in a four-minute, 17-second span of the first period.
Lindsay assisted on goals No. 2 and 4 during the onslaught, sandwiched around his own power-play goal. The rout was so thorough the 67's Tyler Toffoli, who scored two goals to finish the month with 22 points in 13 games, was not even named a star.
Honourable mention: Charles-Olivier Roussel, Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)
As a defenceman, Roussel isn't expected to score, but he picked a perfect time to break his personal goose egg, scoring twice to help the Juniors beat the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-3 in overtime. Roussel's game-winner in the first minute of OT helped the Juniors open a three-point lead over Drummondville for top spot in its division.
Second honourable mention: Shawn Szydlowski, Erie Otters (OHL)
The overage Szydlowski and Windsor Spitfires rookie Eric Locke each had their second hat tricks within the past week to 10 days. The former gets the call since his goals made the difference between victory and defeat in Erie's 5-4 comeback overtime win over the Guelph Storm. Szydlowski forced OT with 1:45 left with his third goal, which also gave Erie three consecutive games (all wins) where a player scored at least three goals.
Third honourable mention: Devante Smith-Pelly, Mississauga St. Michaels Majors (OHL)
Along with Majors captain Casey Cizikas, Smith-Pellly put a stamp on the Majors' 6-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack. The Anaheim Ducks second-rounder had two goals and one assist in the victory. The helper was a beaut, as DSP made a no-look centring pass to Riley Brace for the goal which opened a 4-2 lead early in the third period.
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