Zdrahal (3G-1A, +1) had his first hat trick, including the tying goal with 16 seconds left in regulation and the extra-time winner in the Titan's 7-6 overtime upset of the league-leading Halifax Mooseheads. The win got Bathurst to .500 (2-2-0-0) under new coach Danny Dupont, but it was one of the more random contests in the entire CHL all season, considering that the victors (a) blew a 5-1 lead and (b) were outshot 52-26.
Zdrahal, the 17-year-old from Ostrava, Czech Republic, was the man of the match after meshing well with veterans Zach O'Brien (1G-2A) and Matthew Bissonnette (3A). This was the young Czech's most productive game since coming to Northern New Brunswick and it could help his confidence as he continues adapting to the QMJHL. Oh, in case you wondered, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon each had four points.
No. 2 star: Alessio Bertaggia, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
The 19-year-old Swiss was not about to jet off for the world junior while leaving the Wheat Kings in a losing skid. Bertaggia (1G-2A, -1) was the first star as Brandon bucked two trends, snapping their seven-game slide and the Red Deer Rebels' nine-game win streak with a 5-4 overtime win in the Wheat City. The Rebels had a 2-0 lead after the first period, which had typically been more than enough during their recent run under new/old coach Brent Sutter. Bertaggia assisted on goals by Jayce Hawryluk (also 1G-2A) and Jason Swyripa in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second and also struck himself in the third period. That was enough to get Brandon into the crapshoot that is 4-on-4 overtime, where 18-year-old Czech Richard Nejezchleb (1G-2A, +2) buried the game-winner. Bertaggia was named the game's first star.
No. 3 star: Trent Lofthouse, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
The Surrey, B.C., native had a natural hat trick in a 4-1 Silvertips win over last-place Vancouver, making him a hands-down Three Stars selection. Lofthouse, who had yet to record a multi-goal game in the Dub, did all of his damage from the slot, burying a Ryan Harrison centring feed for his first and driving to the goalmouth to take Brayden Low's feed for his second. The 18-year-old capped it off with a rebound effort in the third period.
Honourable mention: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
The 16-year-old Point nabbed first-star honours as the Warriors also snapped a win streak, beating Spokane 4-3 to end the Chiefs' six-game roll. Point struck 5:42 into the second period to get Moose Jaw off the deck after going into a 2-0 hole. In the final frame, he helped author a storybook ending, setting up Team Canada training camp-bound Morgan Rielly for the game-winning goal.
Honourable mention: Garrett Hooey, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
The leaders of the OHL's oft-maligned East Division between Kitchener and Owen Sound from the stacked Midwest in their own rinks this weekend, with both Malcolm Subban and 17-year-old Charlie Graham (40 saves on Saturday) playing solidly. Hooey (2G-1A, +2) delivered two third-period goals four minutes apart during the Bulls' 4-2 win over Owen Sound and star goalie Jordan Binnington. The Bulls have often found themselves wanting for scoring, but the Hooey-Carter Sandlak-Sergey Kuptsov line delivered.
The Bulls, who have scored an OHL-low 75 goals, had five third-period tallies in their three wins this week. Perhaps they just need to get the scoreboard operators to always have '3' on the board during the first two periods.
Potent notables — New York Islanders first-rounder Griffin Reinhart had three points to help Edmonton trip up Calgary 4-2 for the Oil Kings' first win over the Hitmen in five tries ... Dallas Stars prospect Matej Stransky (2G-2A, +4) led the way in Saskatoon's 9-0 skunking of reeling Regina. Colorado Avalanche pick Duncan Siemens was plus-7 in that laugher. Montreal Canadiens second-rounder Dalton Thrower scored his first goal since Oct. 3 ... Team Canada hopeful Ryan Sproul was first star in Sault Ste. Marie's 6-4 win at Saginaw, which was Greyhounds coach Sheldon O'Keefe first OHL win ... Barrie's Anthony Camara and Mark Scheifele each had three points in their send-off game for Canada's camp. Detroit Red Wings pick Andreas Athanasiou also had three in the win over Kingston ... Peterborough Petes goalie Andrew D'Agostini was finally credited with a win, stopping 19-of-20 shots in relief in a 5-4 shootout win at Sudbury ... Tampa Bay Lightning pick Tanner Richard had four assists and 18-year-old Justin Auger had five points in Guelph's 8-0 wipeout of Erie ... In the QMJHL, Quebec's Mikhail Grigorenko scored his league-high 29th goal ... Chicago Blackhawks first-rounder Phillip Danault assisted on all four Victoriaville goals in a win over the P.E.I. Rocket.
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