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A large number of mid-week games in the major-junior ranks. It must be easier to sell weeknight tickets during the holiday season. Despite all the QMJHL and WHL action on Tuesday, there were only enough top performances for a five-player list.
The entire Tuesday list below is made up of players from the two active major-junior leagues. There is a goaltender, a defenseman, and three left wings. The QMJHL beat out the WHL on Tuesday with three players to the West's two. Look for the WHL to make a strong showing on Wednesday, however, with a slate of seven games. Until then, take a glance at Tuesday's list:
NICOLAS BEAUDIN -- Beaudin should be one of the first QMJHL defensemen drafted in June, as he looks like a future NHL power-play specialist. On Tuesday, he picked up a man-advantage goal and assist in Drummondville's 8-5 win over Shawinigan. He helped set up the Voltigeurs' first goal at 13:27 of the opening period, tying the game 1-1. He went on to score on a power play at 13:26 of the second, putting Drummondville up 4-3. Beaudin has 10 points in his last eight QMJHL games and averages just under a point-per-game on the season. (Note: Fifth appearance on this list in 2017-18)
COLE REINHARDT -- When Reinhardt gets on the scoresheet, he does it in a big way. Tuesday was typical, as the Brandon left wing scored twice in a 6-5 overtime win at Red Deer. The game's No. 3 star notched the opening goal at 9:35 of the first period. He later scored at 13:21 of the third to cut the Rebels' lead to 5-4. This was Reinhardt's second WHL three-star selection in the past four games, and he has scored four goals over the past five. (Note: Second appearance on this list in 2017-18)
EDOUARD ST. LAURENT -- St. Laurent erupted for a goal and two assists in Baie-Comeau's 5-4 win over Chicoutimi on Tuesday, earning No. 3 star honors. He opened the scoring just 69 seconds into the game and later assisted on a power-play goal at 18:23 of the first period for a 3-1 lead. He delivered in his biggest way with the primary assist on a goal with 2:29 remaining to force overtime. This was the first three-point game of St. Laurent's QMJHL career. (Note: Second appearance on this list in 2017-18)
TODD SCOTT -- The Vancouver Giants beat Seattle 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night, and Scott was a major factor. The Giants rookie goalie from Minnesota stopped 36 shots for his fourth win of the season. He was particularly strong in the first period with 14 saves and the third with 12. Scott, who spent last season in the USHL and opted for major-junior over college hockey, has four wins on the WHL season. Tuesday's was his first since Nov. 12. (Note: Fourth appearance on this list in 2017-18)
BENJAMIN TARDIF -- Tardif, a left wing, scored twice and landed four hits in Sherbrooke's 4-3 overtimie loss to Victoriaville on Tuesday. His first goal, at 15:56 of the opening period, pulled the Phoenix into a 1-1 tie. His second goal, at 16:37 of the third, made it a 3-3 game and force overtime. Tardif has scored six goals in November after scoring only two in the months of September and October. He now has 11 points in 28 QMJHL games this season, surpassing his 2016-17 total of nine in 63.