NOJHL announces Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week



Release Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

NOJHL announces Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that  Soo Thunderbirds defenceman Owen Headrick and goaltender Mario Culina along with Cochrane Crunch netminder Brett Young have been named the final Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the 2014-15 season.

OWEN HEADRICK, (D) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – The 17-year-old Garden River, Ont., product was instrumental in the Thunderbirds run to the NOJHL championship.

The Thunderbirds defenceman finished his week with two goals, including a game-winner, along with a pair of assists in three contests.

Named the most valuable player in the NOJHL playoffs, Headrick wrapped up league postseason play riding a 10-game point streak while finishing tied for the team lead in offensive production. He also held a share of the third highest point total among all players.

His 12 goals and 20 points also led all NOJHL defencemen.

MARIO CULINA, (G) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – Culina went unbeaten in net for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie side last week winning all three of his starts, which included a shutout, as he backstopped the T-Birds to a Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy title.

The 17-year-old netminder led all NOJHL stoppers in both goals-against average and save percentage at 1.25 and .945 respectively.

Culina also posted three shutouts in the playoffs and had a spotless 6-0 record.

BRETT YOUNG, (G) COCHRANE CRUNCH – Arguably Cochrane’s best player in the finals, Young faced 186 shots in the league championship series, which was an average of 37.2 per game.

Having just turned 20 earlier this month, the Livonia, Mich., native played all but 34 minutes in net in the playoffs for the Crunch.

Young paced all NOJHL goaltenders in postseason victories with nine and saw action in a league-high 868 minutes and 19 seconds while also making the most saves overall at 469.


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Week 1
Dustin Cordeiro, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Jessie Morin, (G) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Jimmy Roy, (F) Sudbury Nickel Barons

Week 2
A.J. Smith, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Connor Scott, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Jake Staples, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 3
Matt Pinder, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Jason Berube, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Cody Gratton, (F) Cochrane Crunch

Week 4
Dustin Cordeiro, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Cody Gratton, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Brian Kment, (G) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 5
Owen Headrick, (D) Soo Thunderbirds
Dustin Cordeiro, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Anthony Miller, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 6
Owen Headrick, (D) Soo Thunderbirds
Mario Culina, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Brett Young, (G) Cochrane Crunch