What was beginning to look like the Sean Monahan award is now taking a 10 games sabbatical after week 10 because of a 10 game suspension handed down to the Ottawa 67’s top ranked player. All kidding aside, there are always some pretty solid performances week after week and today’s 3 stars will show that.
1st Star – Jason Dickinson – Guelph Storm Dickinson broke out of a mini slump with a hat trick in an 8-0 thumping of the Mississauga Steelheads and was named the game’s first star. It was his first goal since November 2, an eight game stretch. He was held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 win over Erie but he was solid defensively and helped keep Erie off the scoresheet on the powerplay. He ended the week with two assists in a 7-5 win over the Ottawa 67’s. He was one of the reasons the Storm got back to their winning ways.
2nd Star – Nikita Zadorov – London Knights It’s not too often players get recognized here for their defensive work but Zadorov deserves the accolades. He’s consistently getting his ice time increased while playing in more key situations and Zadorov was just a beast last week. While he did pick up 2 assists last week, he finished a plus 4 and wasn’t on the ice for a goal against in three outings last week. He’s certainly a big reason why London is riding an 11 game win streak.
3rd Star – Nicholas Baptiste – Sudbury Wolves Consistency has been tough to come by early on for Baptiste but last week was a step in the right direction after scoring twice and adding an assist in three games. He scored Sudbury’s goal that brought them back from being down 4-1 before eventually losing 5-4 and was the games third star for his efforts. That was followed by an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Niagara Ice Dogs. He was named third star again in a 2-0 win over the Brampton Battalion after scoring the clinching goal. Baptiste finished with a plus in each of his games.