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Three Stars of the Week


NOJHL Playoffs 3 Stars: Week 6 - Darcy Haines, (F) Soo


NOJHL Playoffs 3 Stars: Week 6 - Austin Rust, (F) Kirkland Lake


NOJHL Playoffs 3 Stars: Week 6 - Daniel Morin, (D) Kirkland Lake

2013-14 NOJHL "3 Stars" of the week

2014 NOJHL Playoffs 3 Stars of the Week recipients

Week 6
Darcy Haines, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Austin Rust, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Daniel Morin, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 5
Jeremy Pominville, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Samuel Wilbur, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 4
Brian Kment, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Austin Rust, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Jeremy Pominville, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 3
Jeremy Pominville, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Owen Headrick, (D) Soo Thunderbirds
Brody Wagner, (G) Abitibi Eskimos

Week 2
Brian Kment, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Brandon Janke, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Jonathon Langford, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 1
Jessie Morin, (G) Blind River Beavers
Brad Edwards, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Luke Meade, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

2013-14 NOJHL regular season 3 Stars of the Week recipients

Week 26
Kenny Fitzgerald, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Alex Bitsakis, (G) Elliot Lake Bobcats
Joel Horodziejczyk, G) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 25
Andrew Lefebvre, (G) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Jaren Bellini, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Brandon Janke, (F) Espanola Rivermen

Week 24
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Erik Robichaud, (F) Abitibi Eskimos
Brandon Janke, (F) Espanola Rivermen

Week 23
Jeremy Pominville, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Evan Cormier, (G) North Bay Trappers
Brad Edwards, (F) Espanola Rivermen

Week 22
Jonathon Langford, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Evan Cormier, (G) North Bay Trappers

Week 21
Darcy Haines, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Samuel Wilbur, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 20
Samuel Wilbur, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Darcy Haines, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Jeremy Pominville, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 19
Jeremy Picard-Fiset, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Dylan Knox, (G) Blind River Beavers

Week 18
Brody Wagner, (G) Abitibi Eskimos
Michael Muzyka, (G) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Eric Hillock, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 17
Brett Wagner, (F) Elliot Lake Bobcats
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Corbin Bean, (F) Espanola Rivermen

Week 16
Anthony Miller, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Robert Smythe, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Austin Rust, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 15
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Kyle Bishop, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
James Vuillemot, (D) Elliot Lake Bobcats

Week 14
Darcy Haines, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Tyler Jones, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Landon Hiebert, (F) Abitibi Eskimos

Week 13
Jeremy Picard-Fiset, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Brenden Locke, (F) Abitibi Eskimos
Joey Miller, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 12
Darcy Haines, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Brennen Dubchak, (F) Espanola Riverman
Khadyn Butterfly, (D) Sudbury Nickel Barons

Week 11
Samuel Wilbur, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Brady Clouthier, (F) Abitibi Eskimos
Kenny Fitzgerald, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 10
Corbin Bean, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Everett Thompson, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Brett Wagner, (F) Elliot Lake Bobcats

Week 9
Michael Muzyka, (G) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Ned Simpson, (D) Elliot Lake Bobcats
Andrew Palushaj, (F) Elliot Lake Bobcats

Week 8
Erick Robichaud, (F) Abitibi Eskimos
Dustin Hummel, (G) North Bay Trappers
Steven Babin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 7
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Sylvain Morin, (G) Abitibi Eskimos
Joakim Jutras, (G) Espanola Rivermen

Week 6
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Ryan Scherer, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Owen Headrick, (D) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 5
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Giovanni Foschia, (F) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Grant Syrette, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 4
Brennen Dubchak, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Etienne Roy, (G) Elliot Lake Bobcats
Steven Babin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 3
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Kyle Baril, (F) North Bay Trappers
Ben Miller, (F) Abitibi Eskimos

Week 2
Brennen Dubchak, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Jeremy Picard-Fiset, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Anthony Miller, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 1
Mathieu Lecompte, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Tyler Shanush, (F) Blind River Beavers
Matt Young, (G) Blind River Beavers

NOJHL 3 Stars Playoff Edition (April 26, 2013)

A classic final that went the distance has provided more than enough worthy candidates as the  “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on April 24th are unveiled.

Trevor Hunt (North Bay Trappers):
Leading all scorers with eight points over the seven-game championship final series, North Bay forward Trevor Hunt was named the NOJHL 2013 playoff MVP. The 20 year-old native of Mississauga had already garnered the Gilles Laperriere Trophy, presented annually to the league’s most improved player.

 

Over the course of the 2012-2013 campaign, Hunt amassed 48 points in 42 games, including 22 goals and finishing second only to Brennan Dubchak in team scoring. Crowned league champs this week, Hunt and his teammates now prepare to host the Dudley Hewitt Cup beginning on Tuesday, April 30th in North Bay.

 

Joel Horodziejczyk (Soo Thunderbirds):
Game seven might never had been necessary if not for the heroics of Soo rookie netminder, Joel Horodziejczyk. The Sudbury native and graduate of the Nickel City Sons program rebounded from a 5-2 loss in game three, earning first star honours in two of the final three games of the league final.

 

Horodziejczyk posted a save percentage of 92.5% in five games versus North Bay, finishing the post-season with an astounding mark of .942. The 18 year-old puckstopper is one of seven finalists for the first ever CJHL Rookie of the Year award.

 

Greg Dodds (North Bay Trappers):
Throughout the 2012-2013 season, goaltender Greg Dodds was a backbone of the North Bay team, and the post-season would be no different. After leading all NOJHL netminders with 28 wins in 39 regular season games, the 20 year-old netminder appeared in each and every one of the Trappers’ 12 playoff games.

 

Dodds topped the post-season win category with eight, boasted the stingiest goals against average at 1.69 and earned three star accolades in more than half of the seven games through which North Bay and Sault Ste Marie battled for league supremacy.


Trevor Hunt (North Bay Trappers)


Joel Horodziejczyk (Soo Thunderbirds)


Greg Dodds (North Bay Trappers)

NOJHL 3 Stars Playoff Edition (April 10, 2013)

His offensive stats might not be particularly overwhelming, but even a single goal registered by a goaltender is noteworthy. Greg Dodds’ empty-net marker in the semi-final series between North Bay and Kirkland Lake was enough to land him a spot on the  “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for  the week ending on Sunday, April 7th.

 

Greg Dodds (North Bay Trappers):
North Bay head coach Tom McCarthy figured he could count on outstanding netminding from veteran Greg Dodds. But having the 20 year-old native of Wingham (Ontario) actually score a goal in game four vs the Gold Miners – well that was just an added bonus.

Starting all five games of the series between the pipes, Dodds surrendered less than two goals a game, posting a save percentage of .931 and earning first star honours on two separate occasions. The busy puckstopper racked up 28 wins during the regular season, appearing in 39 games for the Trappers and accumulating more than 2200 minutes played this year.

 

Brandon Warmington (Soo Thunderbirds):
Sault Ste Marie native Brandon Warmington wasted little time setting the tone in the Thunderbirds second round series with Sudbury. The 21 year-old forward netted a hat trick in game one and followed up with the game-winning goal in game two, helping to pave the way to a four-game sweep of the Nickel Barons.

Returning from the Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) to join the T-Birds this year, Warmington finished third in team scoring during the regular season, but has cranked it up a notch in the post-season. Warmington tops all Soo scorers in the playoffs, recording 15 points in just eight games, trailing only the Sudbury tandem of Darcy Haines and Andre Comtois.

 

Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
Goaltender Chris Komma has landed himself a spot within the NOJHL Three Stars for the second consecutive week. The 20 year-old native of Boise (Idaho) was named as one of the game’s three stars in all five of his second round encounters with the North Bay Trappers.

The 6’1” puckstopper finished the post-season with an impressive save percentage of .916, helping to keep the Gold Miners right in every game with the favoured Trappers. Like Dodds, Komma is coming off a hectic 2012-2013 campaign, appearing in a league high 41 games with Kirkland Lake and logging more than 2500 minutes of icetime.


Greg Dodds (North Bay Trappers)


Brandon Warmington (Soo Thunderbirds)


Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)

NOJHL 3 Stars Playoff Edition (March 26, 2013)

Few extended playoff runs are ever accomplished without a hot goaltender, so it comes as little surprise that a pair of junior puckstoppers are featured in the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for  the week ending on Sunday, March 24th.

Michael Muzyka (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
Rookie netminder Michael Muzyka showed signs of excellence at various points in his freshman season in the NOJHL, but the Sudbury Wolves 2012 draft pick has likely never held a hotter hand than in the Barons first round series with the Elliot Lake Bobcats.

Entering the series midway through game three, Muzyka has proceeded to turn aside 128 of the 135 shots fired in his direction, posting a sparkling 94.8% save percentage. The Sudbury native followed up a shutout in game five with a 51 save performance in a tough 3-2 overtime loss in game six.

Nick Tassone (Elliot Lake Bobcats):
After scoring 16 goals in his first season in the NOJHL, Sault Ste Marie native Nick Tassone could not have picked a better time to match one quarter of that output in a single playoff game. The 19 year-old 5’10” forward exploded with a four-goal outing as the Bobcats grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the Sudbury Nickel Barons.

With the first round matchup now headed to a deciding seventh game Wednesday night in Copper Cliff, Tassone leads all Elliot Lake scorers with five goals, one more than crafty teammate Brian Hennessey.

Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
Many NOJHL observers might well have predicted a first round series win for Kirkland Lake over the Blind River Beavers. Few would have suggested it would come in a four game sweep.

Twenty year-old netminder Chris Komma was one big reason why the series never reached game five. The native of Boise (Idaho) appeared in all four games, posting a goals against average of 1.50 and a save percentage of 93.7%. Komma appeared in more regular season games this year than any other NOJHL goalie (41), ending the season with more than 2300 minutes played.


Michael Muzyka (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Nick Tassone (Elliot Lake Bobcats)


Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)

NOJHL 3 Stars (March 13, 2013)

There may be just a pair of regular season games remaining on the NOJHL calendar, but that didn’t stop three first-timers from cracking the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on Sunday, March 10th.

Justin Holliday (Abitibi Eskimos):
After picking up just three points in his first 13 games with the Eskimos, 19 year-old forward Justin Holliday has found the net with the playoffs right around the corner, picking up six points in his past four games, including five goals.

 

The native of Stow (Ohio) exploded with a three-goal performance in a 7-4 win over the Elliot Lake Bobcats, adding two more points in a loss to Blind River later in the week. The Eskimos will enter the post-season in tough, drawing the second place Soo Thunderbirds in one of three first round quarter-final affairs.

 

Dallas McLoughlin (Soo Thunderbirds):
The defending league champs looked every bit a playoff-ready team, racking up three convincing wins in early March. The balanced attack , which has been a mainstay throughout the year, was in fine form as Dallas McLoughlin showed the way with a six-point week.

 

A member of the Soo Eagles on year ago, the 19 year-old native of Marquette (Michigan) has compiled 35 points in 29 games, good for 6th place in the team scoring ladder. McLoughlin had already made a name for himself in the NOJHL, amassing 73 points in 2011-2012 regular season and post-season play.

 

Steve Gaul  (Elliot Lake Bobcats):
One of just four players to appear in each and every one of Elliot Lake’s 48 games this year, Steve Gaul has closed with a bang. The team’s leading scorer and native of Downers Grove (Illinois), Gaul enjoyed multi-point games in each of his team’s last five outings.

 

The 5’8” nineteen year-old forward picked up 12 points in those five games, giving him an end of year linescore that would include 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points in 48 encounters.


Justin Holliday (Abitibi Eskimos)


Dallas McLoughlin (Soo Thunderbirds)


Steve Gaul (Elliot Lake Bobcats)

NOJHL 3 Stars (March 6, 2013)

A pair of home and home matchups not only provided the most compelling drama in the NOJHL last week, they also produced all three representatives to our latest edition of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on Sunday, March 3rd.

Brian Hennessey (Elliot Lake Bobcats):
It would be awfully difficult to ignore the first star performance on back to back nights of Garnet Valley (PA) native Brian Hennessey. The 20-year old forward racked up seven points over the two-game span, increasing his season total to 29 points in just 18 games.

Since being acquired in early January from the Brockville Braves, Hennessey has vaulted his way up the team scoring parade, currently trailing only Henry Berger and Steve Gaul with just a handful of remaining games.

 

Aaron Kerr (Abitibi Eskimos):
It’s been a tough go for the Abitibi Eskimos over the past couple of months, but a big 4-3 home ice overtime win over the North Bay Trappers provided a ray of hope to the core of players who have persevered, through good times and bad.

Timmins native Aaron Kerr is one of just five players on the roster of the Eskimos who has appeared in 40 games or more this year. The 16 year-old Timmins native picking up a goal and an assist in each of the three games he played last week, bringing his season total to 32 points, including 21 goals.

 

Stephen Langford  (North Bay Trappers):
Any team with no less than 18 players sitting with 10 points or more is likely to achieve a measure of success in the NOJHL. Colorado native Stephen Langford is easily part of said group, surpassing the 30-point plateau with a three-point effort in a bounce-back 6-3 win over Abitibi.

The depth to the North Bay attack will be key as Langford and his mates look to not only clinch a regular season championship for the Gateway City, but also add some post-season hardware to the team trophy-case.

 


Brian Hennessey (Elliot Lake Bobcats)


Aaron Kerr (Abitibi Eskimos)


Stephen Langford (North Bay Trappers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Feb. 28, 2013)

In a week of play that featured some of the highest scoring games of the year, a veteran goaltender managed to work his way alongside a pair of talented snipers as the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” are confirmed for  the week ending on Sunday, February 24th.

Tanner Lafrance (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
After scoring ten goals in his first 43 games with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners this year, 16 year-old forward Tanner Lafrance needed just one more encounter to jump that total to fifteen. The rookie from Englehart enjoyed easily the most productive night of his young NOJHL career, picking up five goals and an assist in a lopsided win over Abitibi.

 Lafrance added another three assists in a 6-3 win over Elliot Lake, giving him 22 points on the season and moving him to just outside the top ten scorers for the Gold Miners this year.

 

Trevor Hunt (North Bay Trappers):
Battling tooth and nail with the Soo Thunderbirds for the NOJHL regular season crown, the North Bay Trappers picked up a key three-win week as the 2012-2013 campaign draws to a close. In this particular week, forward Trevor Hunt was key in each victory.

 The 20 year-old native of Mississauga extended his current point streak to five games, scoring three times and adding a pair of assists as the Trappers swept a home and home series with Sudbury before stomping Abitibi 9-1 to close out the week.

 

 Alexander Laino  (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
Now in his third year in the NOJHL, goaltender Alexander Laino is likely to be leaned upon heavily as the Barons prepare for post-season play. Based on a recent OT loss to North Bay and big win, on the road, over the Soo, the 20 year-old Sudbury native is up to the challenge at hand.

 Laino turned aside 71 of the 77 shots that he faced against the league front-runners, posting a sparkling .921 save percentage and dropping his goals against average to 3.61 on the year. With almost 1500 minutes of hockey played this winter, Laino trails only Chris Komma (KL), Greg Dodds (NB) and Cory Simic (EL) in the race for the busiest goaltender in the NOJHL.


Tanner Lafrance (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Trevor Hunt (North Bay Trappers)


Alexander Laino (Sudbury Nickel Barons)

NOJHL Three Stars (Feb. 21, 2013)

While goalkeepers dominated the early part of last week, the scorers came alive in the end, with both groupings represented in the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on Sunday, February 17th.

Beau Orser (North Bay Trappers):
Extending his recent scoring streak to six games, Penetanguishene native Beau Orser exploded with a seven-point game in Iroquois Falls last Saturday night. The 20 year-old puck moving defenseman is in his second stint with head coach Tom McCarthy, having played for the former NHLer during his time with the Huntsville Otters.

Since being acquired from the Port Coquitlam Express over the Christmas break, Orser has registered 20 points in 15 games, bringing key experience to the Trappers blueline. Despite playing host to the Dudley Hewitt Cup, Orser and the North Bay crew would love nothing more than to enter the tournament as NOJHL champions.

 

Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners brought in netminder Chris Komma from the Boulder Jr Bisons this year to carry the load between the pipes. Appearing in 38 of the team’s 45 games, the 20 year old has done just that.

Suiting up in three games last week, Komma turned aside 57 of the 61 shots he faced, posting a save percentage of 93.0%. The native of Boisee (Idaho) has not surrendered more than three goals in his past nine starts, lowering his goals against average to 2.57, good for third in the league.

 

Dustin Cordeiro  (Elliot Lake Bobcats):
Kitchener native Dustin Cordeiro has been a tad streaky in his rookie year with the Elliot Lake Bobcats. Thankfully for head coach Ryan Leonard and company, his most recent streak is hot.

Cordeiro picked up two goals and a pair of assists in a 6-3 win over Kirkland Lake, giving the 5’9” speedster seven points in his last five games. The four-point performance represented a season high for the freshman forward as Elliot Lake looks to overtake the slumping Abitibi Eskimos to escape from the NOJHL basement.

 


Beau Orser (North Bay Trappers)


Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Dustin Cordeiro (Elliot Lake Bobcats)

NOJHL Three Stars (Feb. 14, 2013)

A return visitors to the weekly honours is joined by a pair of newcomers as the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” are confirmed for  the week ending on Sunday, February 10th).

Peter Poulin-Roy (Abitibi Eskimos):
Despite being saddled with a pair of losses last week, the Eskies did manage to put eight pucks past opposing netminders, keyed largely on the strength of the play from linemates Peter Poulin-Roy and Zach Innes.

 

An 18 year-old Sudbury native (originally born in Val D’Or, Quebec) who toiled with the Nickel Capital Wolves the past few years, Roy moved ahead of Ryan Wildman, into second place in team scoring after a seven point outburst last week. Acquired from the Trenton Golden Hawks in late September, Poulin-Roy has chalked up 35 points in 25 games with the Eskimos.

 

Darcy Casola (Soo Thunderbirds):
A recent hot streak has allowed Darcy Casola to overtake Adam Ritchie atop the T-Birds scoring parade. A three goal and four point effort in a 7-4 win over Abitibi gives the 20 year-old Sault Ste Marie native nine points in his past three games.

 

With 60 points in 41 games, Casola has now tripled his output from the 2011-2012 season, sitting third overall in the NOJHL behind the Sudbury tandem of Sebastien Leroux and Darcy Haines.

 

Jake Punkari  (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
Much further down the Sudbury scoring list, you will find the name of Jake Punkari. The self-proclaimed “energy player”, who knows and understands his role well, got into the offensive fray last week.

 

After netting his first goal of the season in a 6-2 win over Elliot Lake and earning first star honours in the process, Punkari assisted on the only Barons goal in a 4-1 loss in Kirkland Lake. The three-point week nearly doubled his season totals, though few would ever measure the impact of the likeable 19 year-old in goals and assists.

 


Peter Poulin-Roy (Abitibi Eskimos)


Darcy Casola (Soo Thunderbirds)


Jake Punkari (Sudbury Nickel Barons)

NOJHL Three Stars (Feb. 7, 2013)

With key victories over both Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury, a recent seven-day stretch was arguably the best hockey of the season for the Elliot Lake Bobcats. A pair of high-scoring linemates swept the top two spots as the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” were announced for  the week ending on Sunday, February 3rd).

Brian Hennessey (Elliot Lake Bobcats):
Acquired from the Brockville Braves in early January, Brian Hennessey was welcomed to Elliot Lake to add offense. The 20 year-old native of Garnet Valley (Pennsylvania) has done exactly that.

 

Hennessey registered five goals and four assists in three games last week, bringing his season total to 15 in just ten games spent in the NOJHL. He has very quickly worked his way up to 7th in team scoring while the Bobcats try and reel in either or both of Blind River and Abitibi, just four points away from escaping the basement of the league standings.

 

Henry Berger (Elliot Lake Bobcats):
Few have benefitted more from the arrival of Hennessey than linemate Henry Berger. The 18 year old Californian snapped a five-game point scoring draught, working his way on to the scoresheet in all three of Elliot Lake’s games last week.

 

Adding seven points to his total, Berger climbed into second place in the team scoring race, trailing Steve Gaul by just one point. Berger came to Elliot Lake after starting the season with the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League.

 

Yan Kalashnikov  (Soo Thunderbirds):
Born in Belarus, Yan Kalashnikov and his younger brother Artsiom, made their way to Canada to pursue their junior hockey careers. Following stops in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Kalashnikov has seemingly found a home in Sault Ste Marie.

 

The 20 year-old forward picked up five more points last week, giving him 14 in 16 games as the defending league champion Thunderbirds look to maintain their hold on first place. Thanks to the offensive balance provided by Kalashnikov and his teammates, the Soo can boast the league’s most potent attack, scoring 24 more times than the next closest NOJHL opponent.

 


Henry Berger (Elliot Lake Bobcats)


Yan Kalashnikov (Soo Thunderbirds)

NOJHL Three Stars (Jan. 30, 2013)

Bouncing back after a tough 3-1 loss to the Sudbury Nickel Barons last week, the Soo Thunderbirds piled on the offense in a 9-1 win over the Blind River Beavers. A key contributor in that onslaught grabbed top spot as the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” are announced for the week ending on Sunday, January 27th.

Brandon Warmington (Soo Thunderbirds):
Sault Ste Marie native Brandon Warmington is one of four members of the T-Birds bunched between 32 and 34 points after the 5’11” forward racked up four points in the lopsided win over Blind River.

 

The quartet are monopolizing the 11th to 15th placings in the league scoring race, with only Trevor Hunt of North Bay squeezing in with 33 points. Currently in his first year with the Thunderbirds after being acquired from the Thunder Bay North Stars, Warmington also enjoyed a five-point game against Sudbury in October prior to his four point outburst against the Beavers.

 

Jean-Francois Sylvestre (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
If not for a 4-1 loss at the hands of the North Bay Trappers, Cochrane native Jean-Francois Sylvestre would have at least one point in every single game he has played since being acquired by the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners in mid-November.

 

That streak was extended last week as the 20 year-old forward recorded a goal and four assists in wins over both Elliot Lake and Sudbury. Despite playing in less than a third as many games as many of his teammates, Sylvestre has climbed into ninth place in team scoring, sure to jump a few slots higher before the end of the regular season.

 

 

Aaron Kerr (Abitibi Eskimos):
The trade of team captain Richard Therrien earlier this month has opened up some ice time for some of the younger Eskimo forwards and Aaron Kerr is taking full advantage. The 16 year-old Timmins native compiled a season high three-point game, leading Abitibi to a 5-3 win over Elliot Lake last week.

 

Appearing in 31 games to date with the Eskies, Kerr boasts the unusual statistical anomaly of having far more goals than assists, with 17 of his 22 points to date coming courtesy of putting the puck in the back of the net. One of two siblings with Abitibi this year (older brother Kevin also mans the blue-line for the Eskimos), Aaron Kerr finds himself now fourth in team scoring after toiling with the Schumacher Cubs last year.

 


Brandon Warmington (Soo Thunderbirds)


Jean-Francois Sylvestre (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Aaron Kerr (Abitibi Eskimos)

NOJHL Three Stars (Jan. 23, 2013)

In a week of play that featured about as balanced scoring for individual statistics as we have seen all year, three newcomers garnered the spotlight as the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” are selected for the week ending on Sunday, January 20th.

Cray Roberge (Blind River Beavers):
With post-season play right around the corner, rookie Cray Roberge is starting to hit his stride at just the right time. The 16 year-old rookie forward from Valley East is currently sporting a five game scoring streak with Blind River, after suiting up with the Barrie Minor Midget AAA Colts one year ago.

 

A seventh round draft pick of the OHL Colts, Roberge has recorded nine of his 15 points on the season since the beginning of January, playing primarily on a line with Corey McEwen and Travis Jones. Roberge was named first star last Saturday as the Beavers bounced the Elliot Lake Bobcasts 7-2.

 

Devon Turcotte (North Bay Trappers):
Another first star selection last week (win vs Elliot Lake on Friday), Devan Turcotte played all three weekend games, much to the delight of the Trappers coaching staff. The 20 year-old forward did so in style, scoring three times in as many games as North Bay continues their neck and neck battle with Sault Ste Marie for overall NOJHL supremacy.

 

Nagging injuries have limited the availability of the son of former NHLer Darren Turcotte. However, when he is in the lineup, Turcotte adds even more balance to a Trappers offensive arsenal that features no less than 15 players in double digits.

 

 

Anthony Miller (Soo Thunderbirds):
Little surprise that the Soo Thunderbirds have moved lock-step with North Bay in showcasing a balanced attack, featuring 14 players of their own that have exceeded the 10-point plateau. Sitting fifth in that grouping, forward Anthony Miller racked up five points in a pair of games, bringing his season total to twenty-nine.

 

The native of Sault Ste Marie celebrated his 19th birthday with a goal and an assist in an impressive win over North Bay, adding another three points the following night versus Elliot Lake. Miller comes to the Thunderbirds after playing for his high school team, the St Basil’s Saints, during the 2011-2012 campaign.

 


Cray Roberge (Blind River Beavers)


Devon Turcotte (North Bay Trappers)


Anthony Miller (Soo Thunderbirds)

NOJHL Three Stars (Jan. 16, 2013)

Adam Ritchie is back on track and that could spell bad news for the rest of the NOJHL. The Sudbury native who plays for the Soo Thunderbirds walked away with top honours in this latest edition of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, January 13th).

Adam Ritchie (Soo Thunderbirds):
After recording 32 points in 16 games this fall, Ritchie averaged less than a point per game heading into the Christmas break. Just two games into 2013, the 6’1” forward has turned that around in a hurry.

 

Ritchie picked up seven points in a pair of games last week, including a huge six-point outing in a first place showdown with the North Bay Trappers. While he might have slid off the pace in the race for the league scoring title, his team hasn’t backed off, jumping back into first place with a pair of wins last week.

 

Sebastien Leroux (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
To his credit, Sudbury captain Sebastien Leroux has been amazingly consistent. The 20 year-old native of Chelmsford has been held off the scoresheet only three times over the span of the 31 games in which he has appeared.

 

Picking up another pair of points in both of the Barons victories last week, Leroux increased his season total to 66 points on the year, good for a four-point lead over teammate Darcy Haines. His total this year gives Leroux one less point than he accumulated in his first two seasons in the NOJHL combined.

 

Cole Klippenstein  (North Bay Trappers):
It was a week to forget for the North Bay crew, though it might be hard to fault defenseman Cole Klippenstein. The native of Franklin (Tennessee) scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season in a 7-3 loss to Sault Ste Marie, giving the 20 year-old blueliner 25 points in 31 games.

 

The Trappers acquired Klippenstein from the Assiniboia Southern Rebels of the Prairie Junior Hockey League in Saskatchewan, just before the start of the current campaign. Klippenstein played part of his minor hockey career in Nashville under the tutelage of former NHLer and North Bay resident Darren Turcotte.

 


Adam Ritchie (Soo Thunderbirds)


Sebastien Leroux (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Cole Klippenstein (North Bay Trappers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Jan. 9, 2013)

A number of players acquired by NOJHL teams this year have stepped right in, providing an immediate positive impact for their new squad. Add Brock Crossthwaite to the list. The Blind River goaltender takes top spot as an abbreviated schedule kicks off a new year of “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, January 6th).

Brock Crossthwaite (Blind River Beavers):
Still looking to overtake Abitibi in fifth place in league standings, the Blind River Beavers are not about to stand still. Acquiring 6’3” puck-stopper Brock Crossthwaite from the Yarmouth (NS) Mariners, the mill-town team received immediate dividends.

 

The 18 year-old native of Kanata turned aside 61 of the 67 shots he faced, picking up key saves at opportune times as the Beavers posted back to back 4-3 wins over Kirkland Lake and Abitibi respectively.

 

Tait Seguin (North Bay Trappers):
The homecoming has been a positive one for Astorville native. After spending time with both the Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan) and Hill Academy (Vaughan), the 17 year-old forward returned to Northern Ontario, providing the Trappers with key offensive output.

 

Seguin scored three goals and added a pair of assists, increasing his season total to 22 points in 27 games as North Bay continues to show the way in league standings, currently two points ahead of the Soo Thunderbirds.

 

Travis Jones  (Blind River Beavers):
With five games under his belt in Blind River, 20 year old forward Travis Jones has been with the Beavers only a few weeks longer than Crossthwaite. Like his fellow newcomer, Jones has wasted little time making his presence felt, picking up five points in as many games with the team.

 

The Port Krocker (Ontario) native is in his second stint in the NOJHL, having spent time in  Kirkland Lake during the 2011-2012 campaign. He racked up 40 points in 44 games with the Blue Devils and Gold Miners last year, enjoying a season-best four point performance against his current team. 

 


Brock Crossthwaite (Blind River Beavers)


Tait Seguin (North Bay Trappers)


Travis Jones (Blind River Beavers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Dec. 26, 2012)

Defensive systems are gradually sinking in within the NOJHL. Goals were down almost 1.5 per game as the league wound down towards the Christmas break. Still, a handful of scorers managed to break free just long enough to work their way into the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, December 23rd).

Martin Jolicoeur (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
The Sudbury Nickel Barons have looked as good lately as they have since their season-opening win streak thanks, in part, to the continued production they are receiving from 19 year-old forward Martin Jolicoeur.

 

The Sudbury native was held to just six points in his first 16 games, but has bounced back to register 16 points in his last ten games, moving into fourth place in team scoring. Jolicoeur scored three times last week as the Barons ran their win streak to five games with victories over both Abitibi and Sault Ste Marie.

 

Dustin Jesseau (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners are hoping for a second half surge, a run that could challenge the front-runners from North Bay and the Sault, with a pair of recent acquisitions expected to be key. Unhappy with his situation in Iroquois Falls, Aurora native Dustin Jesseau has settled in nicely in Kirkland Lake, picking up eight points in four games.

 

The well-travelled 20 year old forward was shipped from the Eskimos to the Estevan Bruins in early November, making his way back to Northern Ontario in early December. Jesseau enjoyed a four-point outing as the Gold Miners whooped Elliot Lake 8-0 last Friday night at home.

 

Zach Pease  (Blind River Beavers):
Eighteen year old forward Zach Pease and the entire roster of the Blind River Beavers were pleased to get things back on track last week. Snapping a personal five-game scoreless skid, Pease recorded three assists in a 4-3 overtime win over the Soo Thunderbirds as the Beavers chalked up their first win in four games.

 

Making his way north after toiling with the Ontario Hockey Academy last year, Pease now has 17 points in 22 games to his credit, good for 8th place in the Blind River scoring parade, despite not joining the team until late September.


Martin Jolicoeur (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Dustin Jesseau (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Zach Pease (Blind River Beavers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Dec. 19, 2012)

It was a week for the stars to shine brightly as many of the league leaders displayed exactly why they rank among the NOJHL scoring elite. Northern snipers are the focus as the league unveils the latest edition of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, December 16th).

Sebastien Leroux (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
The Sudbury juniors enjoyed a three-win week for the first time since September and veteran forward Sebastien Leroux was front and centre in the action. The Rayside-Balfour native amassed 11 points in three games, vaulting his way to top spot in the NOJHL scoring parade in the process.

 

Blowing away his offensive output in previous years with the Sudbury franchise, Leroux has racked up 57 points in 27 games, holding a three-point edge over linemate Darcy Haines with Abitibi captain Richard Therrien hot on their heels.

 

Greg Sartoretto (Soo Thunderbirds):
After being blanked Friday night in Kirkland Lake, Greg Sartoretto and the remainder off the Soo Thunderbirds took out their frustrations on Abitibi and North Bay, averaging seven goals a game over the balance of the weekend.

 

Sartoretto, a 20 year-old who hails from Sault Ste Marie, added another eight points to his season total, moving into 6th place in the NOJHL top ten as he leap-frogged both Sam Wilbur (Blind River) and Brandon Janke (North Bay).

 

Jean-Francois Sylvestre  (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
It was a big week in Kirkland Lake as Gold Miners both new and old contributed to wins over Sault Ste Marie and Abitibi. Recently acquired from the Metcalfe Jets, Cochrane native Jean-Francois Sylvestre picked up five points in a pair of games.

 

The 20 year-old forward returned north after spending some time in the “AAA” ranks within the Timmins Minor Hockey system before heading south to get his feet wet in the junior ranks. With six points in just three games, Sylvestre is sure to provide some additional punch to a Kirkland Lake roster that sees the team battling tooth and nail with Sudbury for third place in league standings.


Sebastien Leroux (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Greg Sartoretto (Soo Thunderbirds)


Jean-Francois Sylvestre (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)

NOJHL Three Stars (Dec. 12, 2012)

In a very tight scoring race, a six-point game can go a long, long way. Abitibi captain Richard Therrien was the beneficiary of just such an outburst last week, grabbing the headlines in the process in the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, December 9th).

Richard Therrien (Abitibi Eskimos): Twenty-year old Hearst native Richard Therrien makes his second appearance of the year on the “Three Stars” honours thanks to a nine-point week that vaulted the veteran Abitibi forward to the top of the NOJHL scoring race.

 

With 48 points in  23 games, Therrien moved two points ahead of Sudbury forward Sebastien Leroux and three up on his linemate, Darcy Haines. Therrien recorded a goal and five assists Sunday, helping the Eskies to an 8-5 win over Blind River on the road.

 

Samuel Wilbur (Blind River Beavers): The high-scoring affair also produced the second star of the week as Blind River forward Samuel Wilbur climbed his way up to 6th place in league scoring.

 

A 19 year-old who hails from Saginaw (Michigan), Wilbur racked up five points last week, increasing his season total to 30 in 26 games. That output leaves the 6’2” forward deadlocked with Brandon Janke of North Bay as no less than five of the league’s seven teams are represented in the NOJHL top ten scorers.

 

Henry Berger  (Elliot Lake Bobcats): The Elliot Lake Bobcats are displaying increasing competitiveness in recent weeks, winning by one and losing by one last week. Their improvement has been sparked, in part, by the hot hand of late September acquisition Henry Berger.

 

The eighteen year-old native of Clearmont (California) has hit the scoresheet in seven of his last eight games, accumulating 13 points over that stretch. Now settled into his new home after a slow start with the Bobcats, Berger has reached the “point per game” plateau, chalking up 17 points in an equal number of games.

 


Richard Therrien (Abitibi Eskimos)


Samuel Wilbur (Blind River Beavers)


Henry Berger (Elliot Lake Bobcats)

NOJHL Three Stars (Dec. 5, 2012)

Both sides of the coin are featured this week as a pair of goalies and a sharp-shooter who makes their life difficult sweep the honours in this latest installment of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, December 2nd).

Darcy Haines (Sudbury Nickel Barons): It was feast or famine for Valley East native Darcy Haines and his Sudbury teammates last week. The eighteen-year old forward struck for a five-goal performance at home on Wednesday night as the Nickel Barons dumped the Blind River Beavers 7-2

 

Unfortunately, the tables were completely turned Saturday night in Iroquois Falls as Haines and company were shutout 7-0 by the Abitibi Eskimos. Still, his offensive outburst earlier in the week leaves Haines second only to Eskies captain Richard Therrien in the goal-scoring parade, finding the back of the net 22 times in as many games.

 

Jackson Winkler (Abitibi Eskimos): There is no question the 2012-13 edition of the Abitibi Eskimos can score goals. Now the team is hoping the answer to keeping the other team off the board might have been found.

 

Starting just his third game between the pipes for the Eskies, Jackson Winkler tossed a shutout against the Sudbury Nickel Barons Saturday night, turning aside all 39 shots he faced. The 20 year-old puckstopper was acquired a few weeks back from the Fairfield Flyers in Alberta.

 

Brandon Currie  (Blind River Beavers): Capreol native Brandon Currie has faced more than his fair share of rubber since making the jump from the Great North Midget League to the NOJHL a few years back. Facing the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners at home last Saturday night, Currie would keep his net clear of the Goodyear product, making 32 saves in chalking up his first shutout of the year.

 

The 19 year-old Nickel City Sons product has split the time in net this year with Aaron Cormier, helping to keep Blind River just ahead of Elliot Lake in the league standings and within striking distance of Abitibi.

 


Darcy Haines (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Brandon Currie (Blind River Beavers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Nov. 28, 2012)

There is no lack of impressive incoming talent in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) this year, and the freshman class was even more in evidence this past week. Three rookies sweep the honours in the latest installment of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, November 25th).

Steve Babin (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
After being off the ice for almost six weeks, Steve Babin returned to the Gold Miners lineup with a vengeance. The 18 year-old sharp-shooter from Val D’Or picked up five points in three games last week, helping Kirkland Lake to a 1-1-1 record as the remains four points ahead of Sudbury in league standings.

 

A 5’9” forward, Babin has chalked up 10 goals in only 13 games with the Gold Miners this year, immediately boosting the effectiveness of linemate and Kirkland Lake leading scorer Jordon Briand.

 

Martin Jolicoeur (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
A familiar face on SMHA “AAA” teams in his youth, 19 year-old Martin Jolicoeur spent the past few years in the eastern corner of the province, acquired from the Metcalf Jets in the off-season. Recently united with Darcy Haines and Sebastien Leroux on the top trio in Sudbury, Jolicoeur made the most of his chances, racking up five points in a 7-4 win over Kirkland Lake.

 

A physical presence with the Barons, Jolicoeur doubled his 2012-13 production to date in recent games, finding himself now in 7th place in team scoring with an even dozen points in 19 games to date.

 

Joel Horodziejczyk  (Soo Thunderbirds):
It would appear that opposing NOJHL scorers are having every bit as much trouble solving T-Birds rookie netminder Joel Horodziejczyk, as northern media types are having coming to grips with the proper pronounciation of the last name of the talented puck-stopper.

 

After performing his magic act in the crease with the Nickel City Sons of the Great North Midget League last year, the 17 year-old goalie has made the jump to the junior ranks rather seamlessly. Horodzieczyk, who racked up his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Elliot Lake, currently leads the NOJHL with a 1.89 goals against average and a save percentage of .927.


Steve Babin (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Martin Jolicoeur (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Joel Horodziejczyk (Soo Thunderbirds)

NOJHL Three Stars (Nov. 21, 2012)

The importance of solid goaltending was evident again last week, as one of the league’s busiest young puckstoppers grabs top spot in this latest installment of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, November 18th).

Cory Simic (Elliot Lake Bobcats):
Eighteen-year old Whitby native Cory Simic likely arrived in Elliot Lake in the fall, knowing full well he would face a lot of pucks this year. The young netminder has played a large part in a recent resurgence within the team, turning aside 86 of 93 shots that he faced last week as the Bobcats picked up back to back wins.

 

Pulling to win both striking distance of Abitibi and Blind River, Elliot Lake is sure to lean heavily on the services of Simic, who trails only Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake) and Greg Dodds (North Bay) in minutes played among NOJHL goaltenders.

 

Samuel Wilbur (Blind River Beavers):
If the Blind River team defense can catch up to the club’s offensive acumen, the Beavers might be in line for a move up the standings. The mill town boys scored nine goals in a pair of games last week, though allowing an even dozen spelled a pair of defeats for coach Doug McEwen and his crew.

 

Still, Saginaw native Samuel Wilbur now finds himself among the league top ten scorers after racking up a goal and five helpers last week. The 19 year-old former member of the Tri City Icehawks increased his season output to nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 20 games to date.

 

Gavin Burbach (Soo Thunderbirds):
The league-leading T-Birds continue to enjoy offensive production from a variety of sources, with recently-acquired Gavin Burbach jumping into the mix this week. Already with NOJHL experience under his belt from his time spent with the Soo Eagles, Burbach recorded a hat-trick to lead his new teammates to a 6-2 win over Kirkland Lake Friday night on the road.

 

The 19 year-old forward joins a lineup that already boasts the presence of four of the league’s top ten scorers in Adam Ritchie (36 pts), Darcy Casola (34), Greg Sartoretto (25) and Derek Battagin (25).


Cory Simic (Elliot Lake Bobcats)


Samuel Wilbur (Blind River Beavers)


Gavin Burbach (Soo Thunderbirds)

NOJHL Three Stars (Nov. 14, 2012)

Only three teams in the NOJHL played more than one game last week, so it comes as little surprise that top-end individual game performances are featured, front and center, in this latest edition of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, November 11th).

Ryan Wildman (Abitibi Eskimos):
Taking full advantage of the opportunity to skate alongside the Eskies number one trio with captain Richard Therrien and Peter Poulin-Roy, Timmins native Ryan Wildman has responded with three straight multi-point games.

 

The 19 year-old forward, acquired from the Fort Frances Lakers in early October, has already accumulated 15 points in just nine games, vaulting all the way up to third place in team scoring, behind only his two new linemates.

 

Andre Comtois (Sudbury Nickel Barons):
A late round pick of the Sudbury Wolves in 2009, feisty forward Andre Comtois is showing signs of adding a significant offensive component to his game. After compiling just four points in his first dozen games with the Nickel Barons this year, the 19 year-old winger has amassed five points in his past two games, including a hat-trick against North Bay, accounting for all of the Sudbury scoring in regulation time.

 

Racking up 19 and 23 points with his hometown team in the past two years, Comtois is looking for a breakthrough campaign with a club that is definitely in need of a balanced contribution on the attack.

 

Brandon Janke (North Bay Trappers):
For a second straight week, the North Bay Trappers have placed a repeat winner among the NOJHL Three Stars. Huntsville native Brandon Janke is back in the mix after enjoying a three-goal effort in a 5-3 win, at home, over the Abitibi Eskimos.

 

The outburst snapped a three-game stretch in which the 19 year-old returning sniper was held pointless. Despite the lapse, Janke continues to lead his team in scoring with 26 points in 20 games, good for sixth place in the NOJHL.

 


Ryan Wildman (Abitibi Eskimos)


Andre Comtois (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Brandon Janke (North Bay Trappers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Nov. 7, 2012)

Emotions ran high last week as a number of closely-matched teams went head to head. Thankfully, penalty minutes were not the only stat on the rise as some top-end offensive performers grace this latest edition of the  “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, November 4th).

Brennan Dubchak (North Bay Trappers): The second repeat recipient of the 2012-2013 season to date, North Bay forward Brennan Dubchak made his presence felt in each and every shift in a three-game road swing through Elliot Lake, Blind River and the Sault.

 

In his first year with the Trappers, the 19 year old native of Kenora added another five points to his season total, also garnering recognition as one of the game’s three stars in a pair of outings last week. With 19 points in 18 games, Dubchak trails only Brandon Janke in team scoring, cracking the league top ten alongside teammate Samuel Blanchet.

 

Mykauley Melanson (Blind River Beavers): The Blind River Beavers are showing an increased competitiveness of late, in no small part due to the early October acquisition of forward Myckauly Melanson. Despite playing in only half as many games as the bulk of his teammates, the Montreal native has vaulted into fifth in team scoring.

 

With 12 points in just eight games, the former member of the Cornwall Colts has wasted little time making his presence felt. Since his arrival, the Beavers have posted a record of 2-5-1, but have lost only one game by more than two goals.

 

Peter Poulin-Roy (Abitibi Eskimos): Yet another astute early season pick-up, Sudbury native Peter Poulin-Roy has settled in nicely on the top line with the Eskies. The smooth-skating forward, who saw action last year in a handful of games with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, added another four points to his ledger last week.

 

With 14 points in 10 games, he trails only captain Richard Therrien in team scoring, picking up a pair of goals while playing opposite a number of very familiar faces in an 8-5 win over the Sudbury Nickel Barons.

 


Brennan Dubchak (North Bay Trappers)


Mykauley Melanson (Blind River Beavers)


Peter Poulin-Roy (Abitibi Eskimos)

NOJHL Three Stars (Oct. 31, 2012)

Sixty goals scored in just seven games provided a bevy of offensive candidates as NOJHL snipers were right on target, three of which were rewarded with the announcement of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, October 28th).

Jean-Michel Naud (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):
For the second straight week, a member of the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners is showing the way, with newcomer Jean-Michel Naud following directly in the footsteps of teammate Royce King.

 

Held off the scoresheet in his first two games after being acquired from the Waywayseecapo Wolverines, Naud exploded with six points in three games last week, including five goals. His production helped the Miners to a pair of road wins, before closing the week with a tough 4-3 loss to the Soo Thunderbirds.

 

Stephen Langford (North Bay Trappers):
Off to something of a slow start since joining the Trappers at the beginning of the season, 20 year-old forward Stephen Langford doubled his point production in just a pair of games last week, scoring three times and adding an assist as North Bay upended both Abitibi and Sudbury.

 

A native of Windsor (Connecticut), Langford suited up with the Minnesota Flying Aces of the NAHL before making the jump to Northern Ontario in the off-season. Langford is just two points shy of hitting double digits, joining a group that already includes no less than nine members of the team in North Bay.

 

Brandon Warmington (Soo Thunderbirds):
The Soo Thunderbirds are flying high atop the NOJHL these days and they have been able to achieve their success largely on the shoulders of local talent. Forward Brandon Warmington is one of several Sooites who toiled with the North Stars midget “AAA” program prior to making the jump to the junior ranks.

 

The 20 year-old enjoyed a five point outburst in a 10-1 shellacking of the visiting Sudbury Nickel Barons, giving Warmington 15 points in 13 games, climbing his way to 6th place in team scoring.


Jean-Michel Naud (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Stephen Langford (North Bay Trappers)


Brandon Warmington (Soo Thunderbirds)

NOJHL Three Stars (Oct. 24, 2012)

It was only a four-game week in the NOJHL, likely the quietest of the early season, but thankfully, goals were in abundance in the encounters that were played. The offensive outburst provided a number of worthy candidates for this week’s presentation of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” (for the week ending on Sunday, October 21st).

Royce King (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):

The Kirkland Lake crew continue to work their way up the standings, in part due to the recent offensive contribution of Royce King. The 19 year-old Thunder Bay native enjoyed his best week within the NOJHL, chalking up five points in leading the Miners to a pair of wins.

 

Included among his three goals/two assists output was an overtime game-winner on Friday night at home as Kirkland Lake slipped past Blind River 4-3. After chalking up just five points in 29 games last year with the team, King currently trails only Connor McNally in team scoring, recording 12 points in 13 games.

 

Adam Ritchie (Soo Thunderbirds):

Adam Ritchie is enjoying his return to the north. Having grown up playing most of his minor hockey in either Walden or Sudbury, the 20 year-old forward was acquired by the Soo from the Wellington Dukes of the OJHL.

 

Ritchie is paying dividends and then some in his new home, picking up four points in his only game last week and moving into a first place tie atop the league scoring race with Sudbury’s Darcy Haines. Both players have 25 points, with Darcy Casola (23) and Sebastien Leroux (22) in hot pursuit.

 

Dustin Jesseau (Abitibi Eskimos):

With 31 goals in 11 games, the Abitibi Eskimos knew they needed to generate more offense. A 9-8 win over Blind River provided signs of optimism for coach Paul Gagne, with the recent acquisition of Dustin Jesseau helping to spark the attack.

 

In just his third game with the team since moving over from the Weeks Crushers (MJAHL), Jesseau registered four points in the wild shootout win, giving the 20 year-old Aurora native seven points in his time in Iroquois Falls.


Royce King (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Adam Ritchie (Soo Thunderbirds)


Dustin Jesseau (Abitibi Eskimos)

NOJHL Three Stars (Oct. 17, 2012)

A big week for both the Soo Thunderbirds and North Bay Trappers has allowed both teams to overtake the Sudbury Nickel Barons atop the NOJHL standings. Some top-end individual performances from players with both teams also shuffled the deck within the NOJHL top ten scoring race, with players from both front-runners highlighted in the presentation of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on Sunday, October 14th.

Greg Sartoretto (Sault Ste Marie Thunderbirds):

After enjoying a very impressive season with the T-Birds in 2011-2012, Greg Sartoretto took a little longer to get himself untracked offensively in his return this fall.

 

Based on his breakout performance last week – eight points in three games – Sartoretto is clearly now back on track. The 20 year-old Sault Ste Marie jumped to third in team scoring with the outburst, cracking the NOJHL Top Ten this week.

 

Trevor Hunt (North Bay Trappers):

The North Bay Trappers boast the league’s most balanced attack, with no less than eight players already into double digit point production. Preparing to celebrate his 20th birthday this coming weekend, Mississauga native Trevor Hunt vaulted into second place in that grouping after registering seven points in four games.

 

Acquired from the Brampton Capitals of the OJHL, Hunt is showing the way in terms of goal-scoring with the North Bay crew, drilling nine markers in his first 13 games.

 

Corey McEwen (Blind River Beavers):

Nineteen year-old forward Corey McEwen becomes the first member of the Beavers to crack the NOJHL Stars of the Week after scoring a pair of key goals last week, helping his team to an impressive win and tie record against Sault Ste Marie and North Bay.

 

Born in Cardiff (England) while his father and coach, Doug McEwen, played professionally overseas, McEwen enjoyed back to back multi-point games for the first time this year, now exceeding the “point a game” plateau with ten points in nine games with the Beavers.


Greg Sartoretto (Soo Thunderbirds)


Trevor Hunt (North Bay Trappers)


Corey McEwen (Blind River Beavers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Oct. 10, 2012)

Sault Ste Marie and Elliot Lake were among a handful of teams that chalked up key victories in league play last week. No surprise then that players from both the Thunderbirds and Bobcats are among those featured in the weekly presentation of the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on Sunday, October 7th.

Josh Borgen (Sault Ste Marie Thunderbirds):

It didn’t take long for newcomer Josh Borgen to make an impression in the NOJHL. In his first two games with the Thunderbirds last week, the 19 year old native of l’Anse (Michigan) racked up seven points, helping lead the Soo to wins over Elliot Lake and Abitibi.

 

With the team battling for first place in the NOJHL, the defending league champions from Sault Ste Marie are looking to add even more offensive balance to a lineup that features a solid 1-2 punch in Darcy Casola and Adam Ritchie. Based on the early returns, Borgen fits the bill quite nicely.


Zach Innes (Abitibi Eskimos):

The only non-rookie in the “Stars of the Week”, Zach Innes celebrated his birthday in style. Turning 19 yesterday, the Moosonee native enjoyed a five point week as the Eskies salvaged one win of the western three-game road swing.

 

Currently teamed with linemates Richard Therrien and Peter Poulin-Roy, Innes sits second in Abitibi scoring at the moment, registering eight points in his first nine games as the Eskimos continue to hunt for a winning formula with the winter fast approaching.

 

 

Dustin Cordeiro (Elliot Lake Bobcats):

After getting their feet wet with NOJHL action in early September, the Elliot Lake Bobcats are starting to settle in nicely, picking up victories over North Bay and Blind River last week.

 

Speedy forward Dustin Cordeiro hit the scoresheet in all three games, finishing the week with a pair of goals and an equal number of assists. Having turned 17 in the spring, the Kitchener native is one of a handful of impressive young building blocks that Ryan Leonard hopes will pay dividends in the second half of the 2012-13 season.


Josh Borgen (Soo Thunderbirds)


Zach Innes (Abitibi Eskimos)


Dustin Cordeiro (Elliot Lake Bobcats)

NOJHL Three Stars (Oct. 2, 2012)

We are less than a month into the new NOJHL season and already some familiar names are appearing with great regularity on scoresheets across the north. The league leading scorer makes his second appearance of the season as the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on Sunday, September 30th are announced.

Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):

After struggling to hit the win column on a consistent basis last year in Kirkland Lake, the 2012-13 version of the team is proving to be a threat, night in and night out.

 

 Big part of the reason for that has been the play of 20 year old netminder Chris Komma. The native of Boise (Idaho) turned aside 81 of the 84 shots he faced in a pair of games last week, leading the Gold Miners to victories over both Elliot Lake and Blind River.

 

Moving to Northern Ontario after suiting up with the Boulder Jr Bison last year, Komma is among the league leaders in both goals against average (2.15) and save percentage (.920) in the early going.

 

Darcy Haines (Sudbury Nickel Barons):

Another league leader, right from the drop of the puck on opening night in Copper Cliff, has been Valley East native Darcy Haines. A late round OHL pick a few years back, Haines has been making amends so far this season, stretching his lead atop the scoring race with a nine-point week.

 

Somewhat lost in the shuffle of a high-octane Sudbury offense one year ago, Haines is leading the pack this time around, recording 21 points in just eight games, including a four-point performance last Wednesday against Elliot Lake.

 

 

Brandon Janke (North Bay Trappers):

One of a handful of key returnees on the North Bay roster this year, North Bay sniper Brandon Janke is developing quite the knack of scoring key goals.

 

Last Friday, Janke scored twice in the final 3:09 of the game, including a game-tying penalty shot tally in the last minute of play, earning the Trappers a point against Sudbury. The very next night in Iroquois Falls, the 19 year old Huntsville native was at it again, drilling the game-winner 31 seconds into the second overtime session as North Bay edged Abitibi 2-1.


Chris Komma (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Darcy Haines (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Brandon Janke (North Bay Trappers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Sept 26, 2012)

Goal scoring was down in week three of NOJHL action, but that didn’t stop a handful of players from solving a group of goaltenders who were very, very good. Following are the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for the week ending on Sunday, September 23rd.

Richard Therrien (Abitibi Eskimos):

With his team still looking to break into the win column, veteran scoring threat Richard Therrien took it upon his shoulders, quite literally. The 19 year-old native of Hearst netted four goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Eskies surprised the Soo Thunderbirds at the Jus Jordan Arena.

Therrien finished last year with 44 goals and 47 assists in his second season with Abitibi, making the jump from the very successful Hearst Elans Midget “AA” program. Carrying the captaincy for a second straight year with the Eskies, Therrien will be leaned upon heavily by long-time Abitibi coach Paul Gagne.

Nicholas Tassone (Elliot Lake Bobcats):

Really coming into his own after returning for a final year of Midget AAA hockey with the Soo Michigan Indians last year, 18-year old Nick Tassone is making a seamless transition to the ranks of the NOJHL.

Tassone scored twice and added an assist last week as the Bobcats split a weekend home and home series with the Blind River Beavers. A native of Sault Ste Marie (Canada), Tassone currently leads Elliot Lake in scoring, averaging a point a game in the early going.

Brennen Dubchak (North Bay Trappers):

With the North Bay Trappers hosting the 2013 Dudley Hewitt Cup, team management did not hesitate when the opportunity arose to acquire a talented forward already blessed with Dudley Hewitt experience.

Kenora native Brennen Dubchak spent the 2011-2012 season with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Junior Hockey League, one of four teams which participated in the 2012 Dudley Hewitt Cup.

The 18 year-old forward scored twice in Cup play and has continued filling the net in North Bay this year, racking up eight points in his first five games with the Trappers.


Richard Therrien (Abitibi Eskimos)


Nicholas Tassone (Elliot Lake Bobcats)


Brennen Dubchak (North Bay Trappers)

NOJHL Three Stars (Sept 19, 2012)

A pair of three-goal performances caught the eye of the selection committee as the NOJHL doles out the Three Stars of the Week honours for the third week of September.

Connor McNally (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners):

 

After dealing with the uncertainty of the change of ownership in Kirkland Lake one year ago, 20 year-old forward Connor McNally is pleased to have some stability under his feet this year. It’s showing in his play as the Val Caron native picked up four goals last week, including the game-winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory over the North Bay Trappers.

 McNally opened the week in fine fashion, netting a hat trick as the Gold Miners eventually succumbed to the Sudbury Nickel Barons by a final score of 7-5.

 

Sebastien Leroux (Sudbury Nickel Barons):

 

A checking forward throughout much of his first two years in the NOJHL, Sebastien Leroux is thrilled to be enjoying the chance to produce, night in and night out, in a top six slot.

 Leroux sits in a three-way tie for second place in the league scoring race, adding a goal and four assists last week in a pair of games as Sudbury remains unbeaten in the early going with four straight wins. Having celebrated his 20th birthday last March, Leroux is in his final year of junior hockey eligibility.

 

 Anthony Miller (Soo Thunderbirds):

 

The youngest of this week’s recipients at just 18 years of age, Anthony Miller made the jump from high school hockey (St Basil’s Saints) directly to the NOJHL this year. Based on his three-goal outburst against the Elliot Lake Bobcats at home last Saturday, Miller appears to be adjusting quickly.

 A native of Sault Ste Marie, Miller is one of several newcomers to a Thunderbirds roster that hopes to duplicate the success the team enjoyed one year ago en route to an appearance at the RBC Cup.

 

Connor McNally - Elliot Lake

Connor McNally (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)


Sebastien Leroux (Sudbury Nickel Barons)


Anthony Miller (Soo Thunderbirds)

NOJHL Three Stars (Sept 11, 2012)

The 2012-2013 NOJHL season is only seven games old, but already a number of newcomers to the league are starting to make a name for themselves. A familiar sophomore and a pair of new faces are featured in the “NOJHL Three Stars of the Week” for week 1

Darcy Haines (Sudbury Nickel Barons):

With the loss of all sorts of firepower from their lineup of one year ago, Sudbury were counting on some returnees to take a step up this fall. No one has done a better job, out of the gate, than Valley East native Darcy Haines.

A former member of the Nickel City Sons, Haines netted five goals and added an assist, helping to lead Sudbury to a pair of week one victories. His older brother, Jamie, graduated last spring, moving on to play with the Ryerson Rams of the OUA this season.

Marc Audet (Abitibi Eskimos):

Abitibi did not hit the win column in week one, but it would be awfully hard to blame that on netminder Marc Audet. The 6’2” puckstopper turned aside 86 of the 95 shots he faced, earning first and second star honours in the process.

Originally from Astorville, the 1996-born goalie suited up with the Rocky Mountain Roughriders in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) last winter before returning to northern Ontario to join the Eskimos this year.

Carter Horwitz (North Bay Trappers):

A graduate of the well-known Shattuck St Mary’s program that has produced the likes of NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise, smooth-skating defenseman Carter Horwitz finds himself a long way from home, providing some offensive punch on the blueline corps of the North Bay Trappers.

Not that it’s taking him long to adjust to life in the NOJHL. The native of Santa Ana (California) chalked up a goal and five assists as the Trappers moved quickly to the top of league standings with a record of 2-0-1.

 


Darcy Haines (Sudbury Nickel Barons):


Marc Audet (Abitibi Eskimos)


Carter Horwitz (North Bay Trappers)