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Morand, Montpetit and Samuel named the three stars of the week
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Antoine Morand, Étienne Montpetit and Antoine Samuel were named today the three stars of the week, for the period from February 20th to 26th, 2017.

The first star of the week is awarded to Acadie-Bathurst Titan forward, Antoine Morand. In three games, the Châteauguay native scored 3 goals and 4 assists for a total of 7 points and finished the week with a +6 rating. In an offensive match, he amassed 2 assists in a 8-7 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs. In another win, this time against the Halifax Mooseheads, he obtained 2 helpers again to allow the Titan to win 3-2. In his last game Sunday, against the Sherbrooke Phoenix, he registered his first hat-trick of the season, propelling his team to a 6-3 victory, an eighth straight win for the Titan. At the end of the game, he was named the first star. He is seen as a prospect with a lot of potential for the next NHL Entry Draft in June 2017, ranked 54th by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Office.

The second star of the week belongs to the Val-d’Or Foreurs goaltender, Étienne Montpetit. In two games, both against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, the 19-year-old won both by a score of 2-1, one in overtime, finishing the week with a goals-against average of 0.99. The goaltender stopped 65 of the 67 shots he faced, including a 37 save-performance where he was awarded the first star of the game, which was his 75th regular season victory in the QMJHL. He achieved the exploit in 129 games.

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar goaltender, Antoine Samuel, is the recipient of the third star of the week. In three games, the goaltender faced 128 shots, an average of 43 shots per game, while maintaining a 2.35 goals against average and a 0.945 save percentage. In a 5-2 victory against the Remparts in Quebec, he was named the first star of the game, making 39 saves. Thereafter, he made 35 saves in a 2-1 loss against the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Finally, in his last game of the week, he again received first star honours, blocking 47 of the 50 shots he faced, in a 3-1 loss against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

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