MacKinnon Earns Q Star for Second Consecutive Week
One week ago, Hockey Canada released its roster for the World Junior Hockey Championship selection camp. Not on the list of 41 junior aged players invited to tryout? Nathan MacKinnon. Later that day, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced McKinnon as the first star for the week.
Fast forward to this week and MacKinnon is once again being honoured, this week as the QMJHL second star. After, what some dubbed “not his best performance” against Gatineau on Friday where he recorded one assist, MacKinnon almost single-handedly dispatched the Quebec Remparts scoring five goals in the 6-4 victory. The five goals in one game tied team record established in 2001 by Jason King. He finished the week with 5 goals, 1 assist for a total of 6 points and a +/- of +5.
Oh yeah, someone got first star, right?
That honour went to Rimouski Océanic defenseman Jérôme Gauther-Leduc. In two games, he scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for a total of 7 points. Tuesday, in a 6-3 win against the Gatineau Olympiques, he was awarded the third star after tallying 2 goals and 1 assist in a game that was totally dominated by his team in terms of shots on goal (53-13). Friday, against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, he was named the first star after scoring his 16th and 17th goals of the season. He also added 2 assists and thus equalled his personal record with a four-point outing. Rimouski won the game 5-4.
Finally, Quebec Remparts goaltender François Brassard collects the third star. Thursday, against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, he stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in a 7-1 win and was named the first star. He came close to recording his first career shutout, but was finally foiled by Logan Shaw at the 59th minute of the game. Sunday, against the PEI Rocket, he made 38 stops and was named the first star of the game. Brassard is currently sports a goals-against-average of 2.50 and a save percentage of .920.