1st Star: G Brandon Whitney, Victoraville (QMJHL)
The Line: 2 GP, 1-0-1, .968 SV%, 1 SO
Whitney anchored the Tigres in their first two playoff games at Moncton, earning his first shutout of the postseason after stopping all 37 shots in Game 1 on March 22. The next night, Whitney made an astounding 55 saves on 58 shots, but allowed an overtime game-winner from former teammate and fellow Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault. The 2012 seventh-round pick ended the weekend with 92 saves on 95 shots for a .968 save percentage and a 1.31 goals-against average, as the series heads to Victoriaville for the next three games.
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2nd Star: D Stephen Johns, Notre Dame (CCHA)
The Line: 2GP, 1A, +4 plus/minus, Notre Dame won CCHA championship
Johns logged an assist in the CCHA title game on March 24 as the Fighting Irish downed the University of Michigan 3-1. Notre Dame defeated Ohio State 3-1 in the semifinal game two days earlier. Johns finished the weekend with a helper, six shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus rating. UND earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA playoffs and will face St. Cloud State in the Midwest Regional Semifinal on March 30.
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3rd Star: C Alex Broadhurst, London (OHL)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 2A, +3
The top-ranked London Knights took a 2-0 lead at home in their first-round matchup against the Saginaw Spirit, but needed 70 shots on goal and two extra periods to pull out a 3-2 victory in Game 2. Alex Broadhurst logged four points in his first two OHL postseason appearances, logging a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win on March 22 and collecting a pair of helpers, including one on the double-OT game-winner. The series now shifts to Saginaw for the next three games, where fellow Chicago prospect and team captain Garret Ross will try to turn the tables against London.
Honorable Mention: C Phillip Danault, Moncton (QMJHL); G Kent Simpson, Toledo (ECHL)
Danault scored the overtime game-winner and added two helpers in a 3-2 win that gave the Wildcats a 1-1 tie in their first-round series against the Victoriaville Tigres—Danault's former team.
Simpson recorded his second shutout of the season, a 26-save effort against Evansville on March 20. In three starts last week, Simpson went 2-1-0 and made 79 saves on 83 shots for a .952 save percentage.
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