NOJHL announces Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week



Release Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NOJHL announces  Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that Kirkland Lake Gold Miners goaltender Joe Marcoullier as well as Soo Thunderbirds  netminder Connor Ryckman and forward Matthew Caruso have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week, for the period ending April 17.

JOE MARCOULLIER, (G) KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS – Despite the Gold Miners being down 2-0 in the Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy NOJHL final, it certainly hasn’t been because of the efforts of Marcoullier in the Kirkland Lake net.

The 18-year-old from New Brighton, Minn., was stellar in defeat for his club allowing only two goals against in each of the first two contests in which the Gold Miners were out shot by significant margins on each occasion.

In all Marcoullier stopped 86 of the 90 attempts he faced raising his overall playoff save percentage to .932.

CONNOR RYCKMAN, (G) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – While not as busy as his opponent in the other end, Ryckman continues to be steady backstopping the Thunderbirds to a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3 Thursday in Kirkland Lake.

Among his efforts, the 19-year-old Minesing, Ont., product produced was his NOJHL-best fifth playoff shutout in Game 1 of the final.

Ryckman then only allowed one against in a Game 2 triumph handling 18 of the 19 shots he faced.

The T-Birds netminder is 9-1 in the postseason to date with a stingy 1.18 goals-against average along with a solid .946 save mark.

MATTHEW CARUSO, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – Caruso, who turns 19 in a week, picked up a total of three points in aiding Sault Ste. Marie’s offensive production to begin the NOJHL finals.

He started with an assist for his hometown’s club’s Game 1 decision then scored once and helped set-up the winner in the Soo’s Game 2 victory.

Caruso currently paces the Thunderbirds with 12 points in 11 outings with a team-high seven tallies and five helpers.

He also shares the league lead in postseason game-winning goals with two.


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2016 NOJHL Playoffs 3 Stars

Week 1
Roman Gaudet, (F) Soo Eagles
Cam Bruggrabe, (G) Soo Eagles
Chris Murphy, (F) Soo Eagles

Week 2
Aaron Mackay, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Garrett Forrest, (G) Powassan Voodoos
Joe Marcoullier, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 3
Connor Ryckman, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Dustin Cordeiro, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Cole Hepler, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats

Week 4
Logan Fredericks, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Dustin Cordeiro, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Jaren Bellini, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 5
Matthew Busby, (D) Soo Thunderbirds
Brayden Stortz, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Joel Fortin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 6
Joe Marcoullier, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Connor Ryckman, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Matthew Caruso, (F) Soo Thunderbirds