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Three Stars: March 7, 2019

 

1ST STAR: AKIL THOMAS (NIAGARA ICEDOGS):
Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas recorded four points or more for the seventh time this season, scoring twice while adding two assists as the Niagara IceDogs defeated visiting Erie 7-4. Thomas inched closer to the 100-point milestone as the IceDogs pulled back into a first place tie with the Sudbury Wolves atop the Central Division. The 19-year-old from Brandon, Fla. has 94 points (34-60–94) over 58 games this season along with a plus-42 rating. The third-year centreman and former first round pick was Los Angeles’ second round choice last summer.
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2ND STAR: LIAM KIRK (PETERBOROUGH PETES):
A rare OHL talent from England, Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk had a nice performance with a goal and two assists on Thursday. Kirk’s Peterborough Petes blanked the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 7-0 to earn their 30th win as Kirk scored for the 22nd time in 58 games this season. The ninth overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft, Kirk has 42 points (22-20–42) in his first OHL season after spending 2017-18 with the EIHL’s Sheffield Steelers. Kirk was Arizona’s seventh round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
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3RD STAR: COLE PURBOO (WINDSOR SPITFIRES):
The Windsor Spitfires came up short but veteran winger Cole Purboo found the back of the net twice. The Spits fell 4-3 to the Owen Sound Attack, suffering their sixth straight loss while still holding down the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff picture. The 19-year-old Purboo has a career-high 51 points (27-24–51) over 64 games in his third season as a Spitfire. The former Memorial Cup champion from Oakville, Ont. was Windsor’s ninth round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. He is the older brother of North Bay Battalion netminder Christian Purboo.
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