1ST STAR: MARCO ROSSI (OTTAWA 67’s) – 1G, 3A
Top NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi put up a four-point performance in Ottawa’s 9-1 blowout of the Niagara IceDogs. The 18-year-old centreman notched his 39th goal of the season at the 3:16 point of the third period, good for an 8-1 lead, and added three assists to add on to his CHL-leading point total, now at 120 (39-81–120). He continues to lead all OHL skaters with a plus-69 rating and a 2.14 points-per-game average. A native of Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi was a first round selection of the Barber Poles in the 2018 CHL Import Draft. He is expected to be a high draft pick at the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft and was ranked fifth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in January.
2ND STAR: JOSEPH GARREFFA (OTTAWA 67’s) – 2G
Ottawa overager Joseph Garreffa potted a pair of goals in his team’s big win over Niagara on Tuesday night to reach a career-high 90 points on the year. The veteran opened the scoring 5:41 into the first period before adding another just under 10 minutes later for an early 4-0 advantage. The 20-year-old holds 36 goals and 54 assists over the course of his fifth and final OHL stint, placing him seventh in league scoring and second among Ottawa skaters. Garreffa, a Toronto native, was drafted in the third round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection by the Kitchener Rangers and spent four seasons with the Blueshirts before being traded to the Barber Poles this past October.
3RD STAR: NOEL HOEFENMAYER (OTTAWA 67’s) – 1G, 2A
Fellow overager Noel Hoefenmayer saw a three-point production for the second straight game, helping his Ottawa 67’s skate past the Niagara IceDogs for their 50th win of the season. The 21-year-old defender netted his 26th goal of the season in the opening frame for a 3-0 start, and added a pair of assists on goals from Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn. The native of North York, Ont. leads all OHL defenders with a career-high 82 points over 58 games in his fifth season with the Barber Poles and sits third in the league with a plus-52 rating. A former 2017 draft pick of the Arizona Coyotes, Hoefenmayer remains an NHL free agent.