Burakovsky is interviewed after being named first star of the game. (Photo via DaneFox)
Washington Capitals 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky had his best game in the OHL so far on Saturday. He was named first star of the game after scoring a goal and recording four assists in the Erie Otters’ 8-4 win over the North Bay Battalion.
The big night helped Burakovsky, who now has eight points in four outings, climb to the top 30 in leaguewide scoring despite having played two fewer games than most of the competition. His two points per game are good to tie for sixth in the OHL.
Saturday’s game was Erie’s home opener and the first game played in Erie Insurance Arena after recent renovations.
Burakovsky’s assists are at 0:20, 0:48 Goal is at 1:00 mark. Two of assists can’t be seen in the video.
On Erie’s first goal, Burakovsky took the puck down the wing on the power play and dropped it back to the blueline. A shot by Dane Fox hit Burakovsky on his way to the net and bounced off the end boards on the stick of Connor Brown.
Burakovsky’s second assist came on the power play as well. Burakovsky was coming down the right wing, then turned around and fed the puck to the front of the net for Brown, who then found Fox for an easy finish.
Less than thirty seconds later, still in the first minute of the second period, Burakovsky cut to the middle of the ice and put a wrist shot past North Bay’s goalie Brendan O’Neill to make it 3-1.