1ST STAR: NOEL HOEFENMAYER (OTTAWA 67’s) – 2G
Noel Hoefenmayer did a bit of everything on Friday, pulling a puck off the Ottawa goal line in the first period before later scoring by the tying and game winning goals as the 67’s extended their winning streak to 10 games. Ottawa crawled out of a 3-0 hole, coming back to win it after Hoefenmayer scored the tying goal with 18 seconds left in regulation before scoring his 21st of the season for the difference maker. The 21-year-old from North York leads OHL defencemen with 69 points (21-48–69) this season and sits atop the league with a plus-44 rating. A former fourth round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in 2017, Hoefenmayer is currently an NHL free agent.
2ND STAR: DECLAN MCDONNELL (KITCHENER RANGERS) – 3G
Kitchener Rangers rookie Declan McDonnell scored his first OHL hat-trick in Friday’s 7-1 win over the visiting Mississauga Steelheads. The 17-year-old product of Lake View, NY has 33 points (15-18–33) over 50 games this season. McDonnell was a third round pick of the Rangers in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. He’s collected points in eight of his last 10 games. McDonnell recorded 49 points (18-31–49) over 54 games with the OJHL’s Buffalo Jr. Sabres last season.
3RD STAR – BENJAMIN GAUDREAU (SARNIA STING) – 60 SV
Sarnia Sting rookie Benjamin Gaudreau got a workout on Friday, making 60 saves to help his team earn a point in a 5-4 overtime loss to visiting Windsor. Sarnia was heavily outshot 65-37 but Gaudreau did his part with his season-high 60 save effort. The 17-year-old from Corbeil, Ont. was selected by Sarnia with the seventh overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. He’s 6-9-0-0 with a 4.38 goals-against average and .890 save percentage through 18 games. Gaudreau represented Canada Black at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.