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Kamloops' Lipon repeats as WHL player of the week

by Adam Kimelman

Kamloops Blazers center JC Lipon was passed over in the 2012 NHL Draft, but he's certainly drawing the attention of the scouts preparing for the 2013 selection process with the start he's having.

The 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound 19-year-old forward had 10 points in three games last week, and on Monday was named Denny's WHL Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Lipon had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Victoria Royals on Wednesday, and then got red-hot for the weekend. He netted his first WHL hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Chiefs and had two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Calgary Hitmen.

On the season, Lipon leads the WHL with 22 points in nine games; his 13 assists also lead the league, and his nine goals are second.

Lipon wasn't the only 2013 draft prospect from the WHL to turn in big performances over the weekend. Here are a few other highlight players:

* Portland Winterhawks center Nicolas Petan continues to impress. Rated as a C-list skater by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of prospects for this year's draft, he had two assists in a 5-2 win at Prince Albert on Friday, and a goal and two assists Saturday in a 6-3 win at Swift Current. He's tied for sixth in the league with 15 points in 11 games.

* Lethbridge center Russell Maxwell scored a pair of power-play goals to spark the Hurricanes to a 3-2 win against Prince George on Friday.

* Medicine Hat left wing Boston Leier had four assists in the Tigers' 7-2 win against Prince George on Saturday.

* Sam Fioretti of the Moose Jaw Warriors had a hat trick and a pair of assists in a 9-0 rout of Prince Albert on Saturday. Fioretti leads the WHL with 10 goals, and is tied for third in the league with 17 points.

* Saskatoon's Brett Stovin had a hat trick in a 5-2 win at Lethbridge on Saturday.

* Kootenay Ice goalie Mackenzie Skapski stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 1-0 defeat of the defending league champion Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday.

* Tri-City's Eric Comrie, rated as a B goalie by Central Scouting, turned aside all 24 shots he faced Sunday in a 5-0 win at Moose Jaw

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