NOJHL announces its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week



Release Date:  Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

NOJHL announces its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that  Timmins Rock goaltender Caleb Barris and forward Jacob Shankar along with Rayside-Balfour Canadians netminder MacKenzie Savard have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Oct. 9.

CALEB BARRIS, (G) – TIMMINS ROCK – Making three starts during the week that was for the suddenly surging Rock, Barris was solid in each appearance helping Timmins earn a trio of triumphs.

The 19-year-old Martins Ferry, Ohio native began by making 37 saves on 39 shots in win at Iroquois Falls Wednesday.

Two nights later Barris turned aside 25 of the 28 attempts fired his way as the Rock earned a road victory at Kirkland Lake.

He then wrapped up his efforts by handling all but one of the 35 pucks he faced as Timmins topped the defending NOJHL champion Soo Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon at McIntyre Arena.

Barris is a perfect 5-0-0-0 to begin his tenure in the league and presently boasts a 2.84 average along with a.918 save mark.

MACKENZIE SAVARD, (G) RAYSIDE-BALFOUR CANADIANS – The 19-year-old Sudbury product turned in a pair of solid performances during the week that was by backstopping the Canadians to a pair of victories.

Savard began by saving 47 of the 48 shots he faced in a road win at Espanola Friday.

He then finished off his week Saturday by handling 32 of the 34 attempts he handled as Rayside-Balfour topped the visiting Soo Eagles at Chelmsford Arena.

Having won his past four starts, Savard currently leads all NOJHL goalkeepers in both goals-against average and save percentage at 1.85 and .952 respectively.

His two shutouts and six wins also tie him for the most in the league entering the NOJHL Showcase Tuesday at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury.

JACOB SHANKAR, (F) TIMMINS ROCK – Also playing a pivotal role in the Rock’s on-ice success last week was Shankar.

The 17-year-old Prescott, Ont., product produced multiple-point outings in each of his club’s victories last week.

Shankar started by tallying twice, including notching the game-winner, in Timmins’ triumph over Iroquois Falls Wednesday.

Friday evening he supplied the game-winner once again and also added an assist as the Rock knocked off the Gold Miners.

He then finished up with a pair of assists in a one-sided decision over the Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon.

Shankar’s offensive efforts helped him move into a tie for third in team scoring with 11 points in just nine games on six markers and five helpers.


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Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
Vincent Robbins, (D) Blind River
Kevin Ford, (F) Kirkland Lake
Konnar Dechaine, (F) Cochrane

Week 2
Victor-Olivier Courchesne, (G) Kirkland Lake
Justyn Gillis, (G) Soo Eagles
MacKenzie Savard, (G) Rayside-Balfour

Week 3
Wayne Mathieu, (F) Timmins Rock
Mark Tassone, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Logan Sawka, (G) Espanola Express

Week 4
Braden Cross, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Matt Kostiw, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Matt Caruso, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 5
Caleb Barris, (G) Timmins Rock
MacKenzie Savard, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Jacob Shankar, (F) Timmins Rock