Darcy Ashley, Charles-Éric Légaré and Alexandre Bélanger were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for October 21 to 27, 2013.
Darcy Ashley, the Halifax Mooseheads forward, is the first star of the week. He participated in 62% of the Mooseheads’ offence, playing a hand in 8 of the team’s 13 goals. He netted 3 important markers, including two game-winners while maintaining an excellent +/- of +6. Wearing the Captain’s jersey during home games while Trey Lewis was out of the line-up, he took matters into his own hands. Wednesday, in a 4-2 home win against the Charlottetown Islanders, Ashley collected a total of 3 points, earning first star honours by scoring the winning and the insurance goals at the end of 3rd period. Friday, in Acadie-Bathurst, with the Mooseheads playing their first of two games against the Titan, Ashley tallied 3 helpers, including one on the penalty kill to lead the team to a 5-2 win. Saturday, during the second battle, the Mooseheads won their third game in a row by sealing a 4-3 victory. Ashley scored the game-winner on top of adding an assist. His efforts warranted the first star of the game. Ashley has only played 8 games thus far this season, but already has 14 points, an average of 1.75 per game.
The second star is Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Charles-Éric Légaré. In 3 road games, he collected 7 points, including 3 goals. Wednesday, he opened the scoring while adding two assists against the Wildcats in a 5-2 win. Friday, he scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-4 loss to Chicoutimi. Saturday, in a heart-breaking 5-4 loss versus Baie-Comeau, he was named the 2nd star after collecting one goal, one assist and directing 4 dangerous shots on net. He helped the Screaming Eagles tie it up at four goals apiece before the Drakkar fought back by scoring with 5 seconds remaining on the clock.
In three games, including two against the formidable offence of the Val-d’Or Foreurs and their star forward Anthony Mantha, Huskies goaltender Alexandre Bélanger posted three wins to capture the third star of the week. He faced 95 shots, maintained a goals-against-average of 2.33 and had a save percentage of .926. Thursday, in a 4-1 win against the Shawinigan Cataractes, he was named the 3rd star after blocking 19 shots, including a penalty shot by Alexandre Grandmaison. He added an assist, his first of the season, on a goal by Jean-Sebastien Dea. In the first of two back-to-back contests against the rival Foreurs, he pushed away 35 shots in a 4-2 victory. In the second game against the Foreurs, Belanger faced 38 shots. He made 34 saves, enough to help the Huskies escape with a 5-4 win. Rouyn-Noranda is fifth in the QMJHL overall standings with 22 points. Their next challenge is on home ice this Friday November 1st against the Halifax Mooseheads.
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