The Halifax Mooseheads have won 10 straight to climb to the top of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings, and the play of top-line center Nathan MacKinnon is a big reason.
Considered by many scouts a lock to be one of the top two players picked at the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon had three goals and two assists in two games over the weekend. The 6-foot, 180-pound forward, who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of players to watch for this year's draft, scored twice and added an assist in a 4-3 win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday, and had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 defeat of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday.
MacKinnon, who is blogging about his season for NHL.com, now is second in the QMJHL with 15 goals and tied for fourth with 24 points. He also has a goal in seven straight games, the longest streak so far this season, and at least a point in nine in a row.
Here is how a few other top draft prospects fared over the weekend:
* Matthew Boudreau, MacKinnon's teammate, scored the other two goals in the Mooseheads 4-3 defeat of Sherbrooke Friday.
* PEI Rocket goalie Maxime Lagace had his first shutout of the season Friday, stopping all 30 shots in a 5-0 win at the Moncton Wildcats.
* Val-d'Or left wing Anthony Mantha, an A-list skater, and center Vincent Dunn each scored two goals in the Foreurs' 7-4 win against the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday.
* Left wing Tomas Torok of the Drummondville Voltigeurs had a hat trick in a 5-4 win at the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In the loss, the Huskies center Jean-Sebastien Dea extended his QMJHL scoring lead with a goal and an assist. His 16 goals and 27 points top the league in both categories.
* Blainville-Boisbriand right wing Nikita Jevpalovs scored both Armada goals, including the game-winner with 2:40 left in regulation, in a 2-1 win at the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Saturday. Left wing Danick Martel assisted on both goals.
* PEI's other goalie, Antoine Bibeau, registered his second shutout of the season when he made 23 saves Saturday in a 2-0 win against Sherbrooke.
* Rouyn-Noranda center Maxime St. Cyr scored twice, and assisted on the game winning goal at 1:34 of overtime in the Huskies' 7-6 win at Gatineau on Saturday.
* Shawinigan Cataractes right wing Emeric Hudon had a pair of goals and an assist Sunday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Victoriaville Tigres.
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