NOJHL names its Eastlink Playoff 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that forward Wayne Mathieu and defenceman Jared Hester of the Timmins Rock, along with goaltender Garret Boyonoski of the Blind River Beavers have been named its Eastlink TV Playoffs 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending March 18.

WAYNE MATHIEU, (F) TIMMINS ROCK – Mathieu earns weekly all-star accolades for his on-ice efforts with his hometown Timmins side.

The 20-year-old forward picked up five points in the time frame highlighted by a two-goal, one-assist effort the Rock’s series-clinching road triumph at Hearst Wednesday.

He also scored once as Timmins came away victorious at Powassan Saturday to even that best-of-seven series 1-1 heading into Game 3 Tuesday at home.

Mathieu enters that contest with three tallies and six points in the playoffs to date, which puts him second overall among all league skaters.

GARRET BOYONOSKI, (G) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – Presently pacing all playoff netminders in both goals-against average and save percentage, Boyonoski added to his numbers over the weekend helping Blind River earn a road split at Rayside-Balfour in that West Division semifinal.

In all he made 77 saves on 81 shots for a .951 save mark as his efforts helped the Beavers take Game 1 before being edged in Game 2 against the Canadians on a late power play goal.

The 18-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., boasts a 2.00 GAA and .949 save percentage so far in the postseason along with one shutout.

JARED HESTER, (D) TIMMINS ROCK – The 20-year-old Waskaganich, Que., product has been instrumental on both ends of the ice in the Rock’s playoff success to date.

Not only has he helped anchor Timmins’ defensive corps, Hester produced four points last week, including a pair of power play assists Saturday to help lead his club to an all-important road victory over No. 1 seeded Powassan.

With a goal and four helpers to his credit, he tops all NOJHL blueliners in postseason scoring with his five points.


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Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
Owen Robinson, (F) Blind River Beavers
Garret Boyonoski, (G) Blind River Beavers
Matthew Murray, (D) Blind River Beavers

Week 2
Wayne Mathieu, (F) Timmins Rock
Garret Boyonoski, (G) Blind River Beavers
Jared Hester, (D) Timmins Rock