So here we are – one weekend of CHL action down, many more to go in the months counting down to the Memorial Cup. Plenty of good of good hockey has been played since the OHL opened for business on Wednesday. Here was the best of the best:
First Star – Kameron Kielly, Charlottetown: It was a monster weekend for the right-shot forward to begin his fifth QMJHL season, fourth in Charlottetown. Kielly put up three goals and nine points in two wins for the Islanders. Five of the nine points came in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Moncton.
Second Star – Liam Herbst, Guelph: Playing in his first action for the Storm this past weekend after spending parts of three seasons in Ottawa, Herbst backstopped Guelph to a pair of wins to the tune of 75 saves on 77 shots. Forty of the saves came in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Saginaw, in which the Storm won despite being outshot, 41-23, by the Spirit.
Third Star – Vladislav Lukin, Tri-City: The 19-year-old right winger got things off on the right foot in Saturday’s opener, an 8-3 win over Spokane. Lukin factored in six of those tallies, scoring three times and assisting on three other goals. Michael Rasmussen, who scored three of his four goals on the night in the first period, had his first two goals of the night set up by Lukin. A 6-foot-1 Russian forward who turns 20 in January, Lukin scored 21 goals last season, his second season in the WHL.
Brandon forward Nolan Patrick, the presumptive first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, got points in each of his first two games to kick off the season, an overtime loss for the Wheat Kings followed by a Saturday tilt against Moose Jaw that was suspended due to fog.
On Friday, he got the scoring going with a goal at 8:57 of the first period before setting up Stelio Mattheos later in the period. However, Moose Jaw scored unanswered goals to win the game in overtime, 3-2. He set up Mattheos again on Saturday night, Brandon’s only goal as play was suspended in the second period.