1ST STAR: QUINTON BYFIELD (SUDBURY WOLVES) – 2G, 3A
In his second game back in the Sudbury Wolves lineup following a gold performance with Team Canada’s World Junior squad, top NHL Draft prospect Quinton Byfield potted two goals and picked up three assists for five points in his team’s 8-2 win over the North Bay Battalion. The 17-year-old centreman from Newmarket, Ont. scored twice in the second period to bring the score to 4-1. He assisted Chase Stillman’s opening goal, helped rookie Adam Samuelsson score his first career OHL goal, and picked up another assist on Isaak Phillips’ closing goal. In doing so, Byfield registered his 25th goal and 38th assist, rounding out a 63-point total through 32 games so far in his second season. Byfield was the first overall pick of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, and finished last season with Rookie of the Year honours, boasting 61 points (29-32-61) in 64 games.
2ND STAR: MATEJ PEKAR (SUDBURY WOLVES) – 5A
Newly acquired centreman Matej Pekar also played an integral role in the Sudbury Wolves’ big 8-2 blowout of the Battalion Friday night, totaling five assists in his second appearance with the squad. The 19-year-old centreman, who hails from Turnov, Czech Rep., has put up 35 points (16-19-35) through the first 28 games of his second OHL season. Pekar was a fourth round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2018 NHL Draft and was selected by the Barrie Colts in the second round of the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
3RD STAR: MARCO ROSSI (OTTAWA 67’S) – 4A, 18-GAME POINT STREAK
Highly touted NHL draft hopeful Marco Rossi extended his point streak to 18 games with four assists in Ottawa’s 9-6 win over the visiting Guelph Storm. He picked up helpers on Joseph Garreffa’s pair of goals in the first frame, as well as markers from Nikita Okhotyuk and Austen Keating. The 18-year-old centreman from Feldkirch, Austria continues to lead all OHL skaters in points with 73 to his name (26-47-73), and sits first in points-per-game with 2.43. Rossi was the 18th overall selection of the 2018 CHL Import Draft, and finished second in rookie scoring last season with 65 points (23-36-53) in 53 games.