Callum Booth, Daniel Sprong et Giovanni Fiore were named today the three stars of the week, for the period from March 6th to 12th 2017.
The first star of the week is Saint John Sea Dogs goaltender, Callum Booth. In two games, the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect blocked 51 of the 53 shots he faced and ended the week with a 1.00 goals-against average and 0.962 save percentage. Last Tuesday, facing the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, he was named the first star of the game with a 24-save performance, helping his team win 3-1. Then Friday, against the Charlottetown Islanders, he made 27 saves en route to a 5-1 victory, his fifth consecutive win. He is currently the leader amongst goaltenders with 30 wins this season and, with his two wins, brings his total to 80 in his lifetime in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In addition, he displays the second best save percentage of the league with a 0.910 efficiency. As of today, the Sea Dogs have a five-point lead in the overall standings on the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Charlottetown Islanders, with three games to play. With another victory, the Sea Dogs would ensure the fourth regular season championship in their history.
The second star of the week is Charlottetown Islanders forward, Daniel Sprong. In three games, the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect amassed nine points, including five goals and finished the week with a +7 rating. In a 12-3 victory over the Moncton Wildcats, he tied a franchise record with seven points in the same game, including four goals. His linemate, François Beauchemin, finished the game with six points. With this performance, Sprong obtained his fourth hat-trick this season. In his final game of the week, in a 6-3 road-victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, he collected a goal and an assist. So far, Sprong has scored 31 goals in 28 games, averaging more than one goal per game.
The third star of the week is Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward, Giovanni Fiore. In two games, both against the Moncton Wildcats, the 20-year old veteran collected six points, including three goals and finished the week with a +4 rating. In the first game of a double-header, he generated four points with two goals in a 9-4 win. Then on Saturday, he is named the second star of the game for a second time in row, scoring his 50th goal becoming the only one this season with this milestone in the QMJHL.