1ST STAR: CONNOR MCMICHAEL (LONDON KNIGHTS) – 3G, 3A
In what was arguably the performance of the season to this point, Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael put up a career-high six points including a hat-trick, scoring the overtime winner as the London Knights outlasted visiting Erie 7-6. McMichael’s hat-trick came in the final 25 minutes of action as he scored to put London ahead 5-4, struck again to tie the score 6-6 with 1:05 remaining and lit the lamp 3:04 into the extra frame. The six-point showing is the first by a London Knight since Robert Thomas last accomplished the feat in October 2017. McMichael sits tied for second in OHL scoring with 32 points (16-16–32) over 13 games this season. He was Washington’s first round (25th overall) pick this past summer.
2ND STAR: PAVEL GOGOLEV (GUELPH STORM) – 3G, 2A
Veteran Guelph Storm winger Pavel Gogolev recorded a career-high five points in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, netting a hat-trick as the Guelph Storm defeated the Greyhounds 6-4 for their fourth straight win. ‘GoGo’ scored his hat-trick in a span of just 3:44, allowing the Storm to take control of the game as they improved to 7-4-1-2. The 19-year-old product of Moscow, Russia has 25 points (10-15–25) over 14 games this season after hoisting the Robertson Cup as an OHL champion with the Storm last spring. He was selected by the Peterborough Petes with the eighth overall pick of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Gogolev attended rookie camp with the Vegas Golden Knights in September.
3RD STAR: SEAN JOSLING (SARNIA STING) – 3G
Sean Josling has the hottest stick in the league right now, one that kept pumping in goals on Friday as the overage winger netted a hat-trick in a 7-5 Sarnia Sting victory over visiting Flint. The Sting won for the sixth time in the past seven, defeating the CHL’s tenth-ranked Firebirds as Josling’s line alongside Ryan Roth and Jamieson Rees combined for 11 points. Josling’s second hat-trick of the season gives him 11 goals over the past seven games for a total of 13 and 30 points over 14 contests this season. The 20-year-old from Toronto, Ont. was a free agent signing by the Sting in 2016. He attended rookie camp with the Chicago Blackhawks in September.