Akil Thomas named Third Star of October 25, 2019

Ontario Hockey League


Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jamieson Rees buried his first career OHL hat-trick, and these weren’t garbage goals either. Rees struck in the first, second and third periods, finishing things off from the high slot on the power play as the Sarnia Sting skated to their fifth straight win after beginning the season 0-7. The 7-4 victory in Kingston also included an assist from Rees as he finished the night with his second four-point game of the young season. An 18-year-old native of Hamilton, Ont., Rees has 15 points (7-8–15) through six contests this season. He missed roughly half of the 2018-19 campaign to injury but still managed to register 32 points (10-22–32) over 37 games before being Carolina’s second round (44th overall) pick last summer.

Overage winger Sean Josling is among the hottest players in the OHL right now, adding another five-point performance to his recent rampage across the scoresheet. Josling had a goal and four assists as Sarnia defeated Kingston 7-4 on the road. The 20-year-old Toronto, Ont. native jumped into a tie for the OHL scoring lead with 27 points (10-17–27) over 12 games, with 20 of those coming in the last six outings. Originally a free agent signing by the Sting back in 2016, Josling recently played in his 200th career OHL contest and has played a big part in Sarnia’s current five-game winning streak.

Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas scored a pair of second period goals to help the Niagara IceDogs defeat visiting Hamilton 5-3. Thomas added an assist, giving him three points on the night as he extended his current point streak to four games. Thomas also had seven shots on goal and was an impressive 20-for-24 in the faceoff circle. The 19-year-old native of Brandon, Fla. has 16 points (4-12–16) over 10 games this season. He was a 38-goal scorer last year, finishing with 102 points in 63 games. He sits 19 assists back of Ryan Storme for the most in Niagara IceDogs history. Thomas was Los Angeles’ second round (51st overall) pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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