NOJHL announces its weekly Eastlink 3 Stars



Release Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

NOJHL announces its weekly Eastlink 3 Stars
Cochrane’s Viberg;Timmins’ Hautanen; Elliot Lake’s Richer earn weekly honours

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Cochrane Crunch forward Nate Viberg, Timmins Rock defenceman Nicholas Hautanen and Elliot Lake Wildcats goaltender Justin Richer have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Jan. 29.

NATE VIBERG, (F) COCHRANE CRUNCH – In two games last week the 20-year-old native of Orlando Park, Ill., collected five points helping the Crunch skate to a pair of road wins.

Viberg began by notching a hat trick, which included the game-winning goal, as Cochrane won at Kirkland Lake Friday.

He then followed that up by scoring once more and assisting on another in an away triumph at French River Sunday.

Since joining the Crunch in mid-December from Espanola, Viberg is averaging over a point-per-game with 20 in 17 games on nine tallies and 11 helpers.

In all, he’s totalled 48 points in 40 contests, including 21 markers this season.

NICHOLAS HAUTANEN, (D) TIMMINS ROCK – Now in his third year in the NOJHL, the 20-year-old Timmins product has been one of the key cogs among the Rock’s defensive corps on both ends of the ice.

Last week saw Hautanen collect two assists for his hometown side during an overtime victory over Blind River and then help set-up one more as the Rock won again in OT with an extra time decision at Iroquois Falls.

He has registered career single-season highs in goals, assists and points in 2016-17 with six, 14 and 20 respectively.

Through his first 142 league contests, Hautanen has tallied 12 times and assisted on 30 others.

JUSTIN RICHER, (G) ELLIOT LAKE WILDCATS – The lone start of the week for the 17-year-old from Hanmer, Ont., was an impressive one as he turned aside all 39 shots he faced Sunday night in helping Elliot Lake battle to a 0-0 double overtime draw at Sault Ste. Marie against the two-time defending NOJHL champion Thunderbirds.

The rookie netminder posted his second shutout of the season with the result in a match-up that saw the T-Birds’ Brandon Gordon make 20 stops in registering his league-leading fourth of the campaign.

Richer currently leads all NOJHL goaltenders in save percentage at .932 and sits second in goals-against average at 2.53 with the Wildcats.


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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

Week 6
Artem Bortovskiy, (G) Iroquois Falls Eskis
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers
Jake Behse, (D) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 7
Kade Phipps, (G) Soo Eagles
Alex Storjohann, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Chris Murphy, (F) Soo Eagles

Week 8
Gary Mantz, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Myles Hektor, (G) Blind River Beavers
Dayton Murray, (D) Powassan Voodoos

Week 9
Myles Hektor, (G) Blind River Beavers
Zak Lambrecht, (F) Blind River Beavers
James Watier, (D) Timmins Rock

Week 10
Owen Johansson, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Jacob Palmerio, (F) Soo Eagles
Kyle Liinamaa, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 11
Tyler Fyfe, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Kade Phipps, (G) Soo Eagles
Konnar Dechaine, (F) Cochrane Crunch

Week 12
Tyson Gilmour, (F), Powassan Voodoos
Tristan Simm, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Nate McDonald, (G) Powassan Voodoos

Week 13
Yianni Liarakos, (F) Blind River Beavers
Andy Baker, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Nate McDonald, (G) Powassan Voodoos

Week 14
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Myles Hektor, (G) Blind River Beavers
Bain Cunningham, (F) Timmins Rock

Week 15
Matt Kostiw, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Gary Mantz, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Jake Saxton, (F) Soo Eagles

Week 16
Tyler Fyfe, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Trevor Hawkes, (G) Iroquois Falls Eskis
Korlan Vader, (G) French River Rapids

Week 17
Kade Phipps, (G) Soo Eagles
Chris Murphy, (F) Soo Eagles
Al Rogers, (G) Timmins Rock

Week 18
Gunnar Wegleitner, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Evan Spencer, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Aidan Doak, (G) Blind River Beavers

Week 19
Nate Viberg (F) Cochrane Crunch
Nicholas Hautanen, (D) Timmins Rock
Justin Richer, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats