No. 1 star: David Honzik, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
The 19-year-old Honzik has a hard road back from a shoulder injury, what with trying to regain his old form while playing for a struggling Screaming Eagles team. The Vancouver Canucks third-rounder looked great on Sunday, though, earning his first shutout of the season by making 31 saves in a 3-0 road win over the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. The Czech Republic native looked a lot like the goalie who handed eventual Memorial Cup champion Saint John its only loss of the QMJHL playoffs two seasons ago.
Cape Breton shutting down Chicoutimi today. David Honzik looked like the goalie he was 18 months ago with Victo in the seris vs Saint-John.
— Simon Larouche (@simon_larouche) December 10, 2012
The victory was also Marc-André Dupont's first since taking over as Cape Breton's coach and snapped the Eagles' nine-game losing streak. Vancouver invested a fair bit in Honzik when it drafted him in the third round, so his continued progress is something to follow the rest of the season.
No. 2 star: Marc-Olivier Roy, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)
Roy (3G, +1) had a first-star effort as the Armada ended a two-game funk by strafing the Val-d'Or Foreurs 8-1. The 18-year-old left wing has been climbing draft boards with 39 points in 30 games. On Sunday, he found a synergy with former Boston University forward Yasin Cissé (2G-1A, +3), who used his size and quickness to create space for the line. Cissé scored 33 seconds into the game and Roy had his hat trick in the bag before the game was half over.
No. 3 star: Trevor Murphy, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
The 17-year-old defenceman got his second goal of the game with 1:50 left to vault Windsor to a 3-2 win over the Oshawa Generals. The Spitfires spotted their old friend, Oshawa coach D.J. Smith, a 2-0 lead, but tightened up their play and came back to win. Murphy (2G-1A, +1) got a shot through traffic for the first Windsor goal and also ripped in a slapshot for the gamer. The three-point day gave him eight in eight games since being traded from the Peterborough Petes.
Honourable mention: Max Domi, London Knights (OHL)
The 17-year-old Domi (1G-2A, +1) was the game's first star as London beat the Mississauga Steelheads 5-2 for their 18th consecutive win. The line of Domi and 19-year-old draft picks Alex Broadhurst (2A, +2) and Seth Griffith (1G-2A, +2) combined for eight points. Domi put the Knights ahead for good 1:50 into the second period by knocking in a rebound and then was part of a three-way passing play for a Bo Horvat goal later in the period that opened a two-goal lead. Domi also lasered a pass to Griffith for a power-play tally that put the game out of reach.
Honourable mention: Clint Windsor, Ottawa 67's (OHL)
The 67's finally won without suspended star Sean Monahan, beating the Kitchener Rangers 2-1 in a shootout to end a nine-game losing streak. Windsor's 35 saves included a blocker-arm breakaway save on Kitchener's Darby Llewellyn in the second period. The 19-year-old also denied Dallas Stars first-rounder Radek Faska's deke late in the third to get Ottawa a precious point. In the shootout, Rangers captain Ryan Murphy had a chance to end the game but Windsor threw up the trapper to keep Ottawa extant. Cody Ceci and 16-year-old Dante Salituro scored on the 67's next two tries to wrap up Ottawa's eighth win all season (but second over the Rangers).
Potent notables — Nashville Predators pick Brendan Leipsic's 18-game point streak for Portland was snapped ... Overage Brenden Walker had four points (2G-2A) as Saskatoon ripped Regina 7-0, sweeping a weekend series by a combined 16-0 ... In the OHL, Sarnia Sting's Davis Brown, 17, scored for the third consecutive game after going goal-less in his first 27 career games dating back to last season ... Fellow 17-year-olds Nick Paul and Brandon Robinson each had two-goal games in Brampton's win over Erie ... Dylan Smoskowitz scored both Steelheads goals vs. London, giving the undrafted 19-year-old 23 in 26 games with Mississauga ... In the QMJHL, overage Mathieu Brisebois (1G-3A, +4) helped Rouyn-Noranda win at Gatineau in their first game since imports Sven Andrighetto and Sergei Kucherov left for world junior duty ... Overage Jess Tanguy had a hat trick in the Rimouski Océanic's rout of the P.E.I. Rocket ... Halifax Mooseheads centre Matthew Boudreau reached the 20-goal mark in a 4-2 win at Saint John.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.
- Sports & Recreation
- Ice Hockey
- Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
- Cape Breton