September 13, 2013
No. 1 star: Alexandre Goulet, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
The Islanders hoped for an immediate dividend when they took Goulet in the first round in June, but not this quick. The 17-year-old scored two dagger goals 80 seconds apart to cement Charlottetown's 5-2 victory over Halifax in front of a throng of 3,311. Prince Edward Island native Kameron Keilly was named first star in the building by virtue of scoring the game-winner with 5:08 remaining on a setup from youngsters Daniel Sprong and Alexis Pépin. Goulet, of Disraêli, Que., got his maiden QMJHL marker 85 seconds after Keilly's counter. Then he buried another one.
The Mooseheads are 0-2 to start the season.
No. 2 star: Jacob Brennan, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
Brennan is a cousin of Jordan Boyd, the Titan draft pick who tragically died on the first day of training camp. In the club's first regular-season game since that unthinkable event, the 19-year-old goalie handled 34-of-35 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles shots. The command performance helped the Titan, who are under new ownership, treat the crowd of 3,524 at Centre régional K.C. Irving to a 4-1 win. Raphaël Corriveau put the Eagles up midway through the first, but Bathurst levelled four minutes later and Brennan barred the net for the duration.
Bathurst's Alexandros Soumakis, whose goal 95 seconds into the third broke the game open, was named first star in the building. Considering the usual emotions of a home opener and the emotions the Titan players must be working through, it seems safe to go with Brennan.
No. 3 star: Matthew Boudens, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
The overage centre showed why he's an alternate captain, getting the Gordie Howe hat trick with a second assist to boot during the Volts' 6-3 Telus West Division triumph over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Boudens assisted on an opening-minute goal, then accepted the challenge to fight Mathieu Lemay later in the chippy first period.
Lemay scored in the second period to pare Drummondville's lead to 2-1. But Boudens got a big goal in the last minute of the frame to reopen a comfortable lead.
Honourable mention: Michael Joly, Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
Joly (1G-1A, +3) was integral during a five-goal middle period that pushed the Océanic over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5-4 in a matchup of Telus East Division favourites. It's actually an exaggeration to say Rimouski only played 20 minutes of hockey to win. They got their winning margin from scoring four goals in the first 3:48 of the second to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Joly got the primary assist on the first goal during that run and scored the fourth.
Potent notables — Defenceman Jean-Simon Deslauriers (2G, +2_ doubled his career goal total in one night during the Gatineau Olympiques' home win over Val-d'Or. Deslauriers, who came to Gatineau last Christmas after leaving Cape Breton, was not named a star in the building ... Victoriaville's 17-year-old Mathieu Ayotte (1G-2A, +1) had his first three-point QMJHL game during the 4-1 Tigres win over Shawinigan ... William Gignac, a 12th-round pick who made the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, scored with 2:31 left in OT to cap the Sags' three-goal rally to surmount Quebec. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fabrice Herzog tallied in his debut for the Remparts ... Nathan Noel, the Q's No. 3 overall pick, scored in his Saint John Sea Dogs debut, a 5-3 win over rival Moncton ...
Editor's note: Buzzing The Net will run a Saturday/Sunday combined 3 Stars this weekend, since there are only seven games across the next two days.
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