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No. 1 star: Matt Fraser, Kootenay Ice (WHL)

Fittingly, the distincton of scoring the Ed Chynoweth Cup-winning goal for the Kootenay Ice fell to their overage sniper. In a decisive 4-1 Game 5 win that gave the Ice the WHL final by the same margin, Fraser sucked the lifeforce out of the Portland Winterhawks (if not a raucous Rose Garden) with a go-ahead goal late in the second period. He then put the Ice's first league title since 2002 on, well, ice, scoring a dagger goal with 5:44 left after Joe Antilla zipped a pass by three Winterhawks to set Fraser up with a scoring chance.

That clinching goal gave Fraser 17 goals in 19 post-season games. Not only does that lead the entire CHL, but it tied a Kootenay club record for most goals in a single post-season. The Ice, as per usual, had contributions up and down the lineup, with Nathan Lieuwen (26 saves Friday, 2.24 goals-against average, .923 save percentage) copping playoff MVP honours.

No. 2 star: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

Just when you think Gatineau is out, they pull you back in: Pageau scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period to help the Olympiques bring the QMJHL final home with a 3-2 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs. The 18-year-old centre was dangerous throughout the night and also took the lion's share of faceoffs for visiting Gatineau, going 14-of-26 on the dot.

Could this be the start of another Olympiques comeback, especially with injuries to Zack Phillips, Steven Anthony and Jason Cameron leaving the Sea Dogs unable to dress a full complement of 12 forwards? Perhaps Saint John was a little wowed by playing a marathon double-OT game two nights earlier, since their effort was kind of sporadic as the 'Piques prevailed without ever trailing.

No. 3 star: Jesse Ismond, Kootenay Ice (WHL)

Ismond was tough to play against as always as he had a two-point effort in Kootenay's win. The 19-year-old Kindersley, Sask., native had the primary assist on Steele Boomer's first-period goal which erased an early Winterhawks lead and served notice the Ice were poised to wrap up the series. Just for good measure, Ismond scored the empty-net clincher with 41 seconds remaining.

Honourable mention: Stephan MacAulay, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

The St. Louis Blues draft choice was one of the few Sea Dogs who had a really good night, scoring his sixth goal of the playoffs and second in three games during the second period. Granted, Gatineau goalie Maxime Clermont (25 saves) had a lot to do with any perception Saint John's forwards were struggling.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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