Ben Duffy, Zachary Fucale and Nikita Kucherov were named today the TELUS three stars of the month of March.
first star is awarded to 20-year-old PEI Rocket veteran Ben Duffy who
is finishing his tenure in the QMJHL this season. During the last month
of the regular season, he tallied 7 goals for a total 17 points,
including a winning goal, in 8 games with a +/- of +8. In his last
career regular season game on March 17, he tallied at least one point
for a 13th consecutive games. He ended up collecting 5 points during the
contest, which ensured his spot as top scorer in the QMJHL with 110
points, 5 more than Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads. Duffy’s
performances as well as those of his team helped them finish the season
with 6 consecutive wins.
The second star goes to Zachary Fucale,
the Halifax Mooseheads goaltender. In 7 games, he posted a 6-0-1 record
along with a 2.07 goals-against-average and .933 save percentage. It is
worth noting that Fucale hasn’t lost a game in regulation time since
January 26. He made 49 saves in Val-d’Or on March 2nd in a 4-3 shootout
win. Moreover, he registered his 45th win of the season in his last
start. The win total places him 4th all-time in League history - the
record belongs to Jacques Cloutier who won 58 games during the 1978-79
season with the Trois-Rivières Draveurs. He will certainly be worth
keeping an eye on for the NHL Entry Draft in June.
third star is handed out to Nikita Kucherov of the Rouyn-Noranda
Huskies. In 7 games, he scored 9 goals, including two game-winners, for a
total of 15 points and a +/- of +7. Kucherov played his best game
against the Rimouski Oceanic on March 9th, collecting 5 points,
including 3 goals, in an 8-2 win. He formed a formidable duo with Sven
Andrighetto who tallied up just as many points as he did. In only 33
games in 2012-13, Kucherov scored 29 goals and registered 63 points.
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