Three Stars: February 20, 2020


Luke Moncada completed his third hat-trick of the season to launch his North Bay Battalion to a 6-2 defeat of the first place Ottawa 67’s for their third straight win. The 19-year-old of Markham, Ont. scored his 30th goal of the season early in the first period before a successful shorthanded penalty shot landed him his league-leading seventh shorthanded marker. He’d find the empty net to complete the trio in the game’s remaining minutes. The Battalion captain boasts a career high 55 points over 55 games in his fourth OHL season. He was a third round pick of the Guelph Storm in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and was traded to the Troops in the summer of 2017. Following his teammate Brad Chenier’s trade to the Sudbury Wolves last month, Moncada was awarded the captaincy.

Liam Foudy’s three-point performance helped his London Knights to a 4-2 road win past the Windsor Spitfires to officially clinch a spot in the postseason. The 20-year-old product of Scarborough, Ont. scored the tiebreaker goal midway through the final frame and added help on goals from Alec Regula and Connor McMichael. The 6-foot-1 Team Canada gold medalist holds 24 goals and 54 points in 37 games this season. Foudy was the 18th overall selection by the Knights back in 2016, and was also drafted 18th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2018 NHL Draft. Foudy was recently called up by the Blue Jackets on an emergency basis and put up an assist in two games with the squad.

Defenceman Riley McCourt registered three assists, helping the Flint Firebirds skate to a 14th straight win in a 4-0 blanking of the Niagara IceDogs. McCourt returned home to St. Catharines and didn’t disappoint, boosting his season production to a point total of 56 (17-39—56) over the course of 55 games this season. McCourt was drafted by the Hamilton Bulldogs in the third round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and was sent to the Firebirds at the 2018 deadline.

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