The undrafted 18-year-old might have 50 goals by Christmas at this rate. Dea (3G-1A, +1 in the Huskies' 5-4 win at Acadie-Bathurst) obviously cannot expect to score on 46.7 per cent of his shots for the entire season, but his once-in-a-lifetime roll has been something to behold. He had his third hat trick already this season, helping the much-improved Huskies score a big road win.
The 6-foot, 160-pound (there's your answer for why he's undrafted) native of La Prairie, Que., factored into two early Huskies goals, then sniped a second power-play marker before the opening period ended. He also delivered in the final period when the Huskies were barely holding on to the lead, scoring the eventual winner with 13:28 remaining to deflate the Titan (whose final goal came with one second left). He is definitely the Q's early-season MVP. Linemate Sven Andrighetto (4A, +1) assisted on all of Dea's goals.
No. 2 star: Jacob Chouinard, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
The expansion Phoenix earned their first victory by downing the Drummondville Voltigeurs 6-2, so they deserve the star treatment. Chouinard, the overage goalie, stood on his head by stopping 43-of-45 shots in the historic win.
No doubt everyone aside from Drummondville is happy to see Sherbrooke earn its first win in nine tries, but one should be especially for Chouinard. The 20-year-old was the main man for the Rimouski Océanic during their run to the President's Cup final last season, playing a total of 70 games across the regular season and post-season. Now he has the duty of trying to keep a first-year team in games. He did his best work on Wednesday in the second period, stopping 19-of-20 shots while his mates sniped three goals on just eight shots to leave Drummondville staring a 5-1 deficit after 40 minutes. Fellow overage Michael McNamee scored two goals for Sherbrooke, while left wing Cole Hawes had three assists.
No. 3 star: Petr Straka, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
Straka (3G, +3) led the Drakkar to a 4-3 road win over the division rival Victoriaville Tigres, scoring his hat-trick goal with 56 seconds to play to snap the tie. The 20-year-old went scoreless in his first two games for Baie-Comeau, but this was an instance where he showed he can carry the Drakkar offensively when needed, which is what an overage import player is there for. Straka's big night was aided by Minnesota Wild second-rounder Raphaël Bussières (2A, +2).
Honourable mention: Jordan Subban, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
The Subban family started and ended the night in Belleville. Family patriach Karl Subban performed the ceremonial faceoff. Middle brother Malcolm Subban stopped 31-of-32 shots. The youngest brother assisted on the tying goal in the penultimate minute of regulation before roofing a skate-off shootout winner to secure the Bulls' 2-1 victory over the Brampton Battalion.
Jordan Subban has broken out well in his sophomore season, with a team-high seven points in as many games from his defence spot. Battalion goalie Matej Machovsky had muffled the Bulls and was 1:18 away from shutting them out for the second time in a row when Subban created captain Brendan Gaunce's equalizer, blazing down the right side and feathering a pass over a defender's stick to Sergey Kuptsov, who sifted it over to Gaunce for the goal. The 17-year-old Subban's shootout winner came after his brother's skein of 19 consecutive shootout stops was snapped, although Malcolm Subban came up with a big save in the third round.
Honourable mention: Presten Kopeck, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Kopeck, 17, scored his first two major junior goals 25 seconds apart to help the 'Hawks win 4-0 at Saskatoon, dealing the MasterCard Memorial Cup host team its sixth loss in eight games. The Medicine Hat native opened the scoring by banging in his own rebound 1:22 into the second period; he obviously didn't get distracted by hearing his name on the P.A. system, since he scored again almost immediately.
All of Portland's goals came from WHL newcomers, with top draft prospect Seth Jones (1G-1A, +2) and Danish import Oliver Bjorkstrand (1G-2A, +3) also counting. One would be able to say all of their scoring came from 17-year-olds had Jones not reached voting age one week ago. Chicago Blackhawks-drafted goalie Mac Carruth notched the shutout in his first game since returning from the AHL.
Potent notables — Calgary Flames prospect Laurent Brossoit stopped 34-of-36 shots in Edmonton's win at Medicine Hat, raising his save percentage above the .900 threshold ... Jari Erricson (1G-1A, +2) got the game-winner for Prince George, which beat Kootenay 5-4 despite being outworked and outshot 39-17 ... Spokane's Mitch Holmberg got his league-leading eighth and ninth goals ... Kamloops rookie rearguard Ryan Rehill was +4 and got his first career point in the Blazers' win over Victoria ... In the OHL, St. Louis Blues goaltending prospect Jordan Binnington stopped 42-of-44 shots in Owen Sound's 4-2 win over Plymouth. That included back-to-back saves on NHL first-rounders Rickard Rakell and Stefan Noesen seconds before the Attack opened a 2-0 second-period lead ... In the QMJHL, Luca Ciampini and Nathan MacKinnon each had two-goal nights for Halifax, which moved into first overall at 7-1-0-0 ... Chicago Blackhawks first-rounder Phillip Danault's three-assist for Victoriaville moved him into a tie with Dea for the scoring lead with 19 ... P.E.I. Rocket goalie Antoine Bibeau stopped 22 Saint John shots for his first career shutout.
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