NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week



Release Date:  Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that  goaltender Owen Johansson and forward Kyle Liinimaa of the Rayside-Balfour Canadians along with Soo Eagles forward Jacob Palmerio have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Nov. 13.

OWEN JOHANSSON, (G) RAYSIDE-BALFOUR CANADIANS – In three starts, on consecutive nights, for Rayside-Balfour, the 19-year-old native of St-Lazare, Que., won each of them helping the Canadians vault into first place in the NOJHL’s West Division.

Johansson began by stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced Friday in his club’s road victory as Espanola.

Heading home Saturday the Rayside-Balfour goalkeeper turned aside 24 of the 25 attempts fired his way helping his side complete a home-and-home sweep of the Express.

Getting the nod once again Sunday evening in Elliot Lake, Johansson capped off his week with 27 stops while allowing just one against as the Canadians defeated the Wildcats at Centennial Arena.

Along with the trio of triumphs he posted a solid 1.66 goals-against average for the week and a .943 save percentage.

JACOB PALMERIO, (F) SOO EAGLES – Palmerio was instrumental for the Eagles over the weekend playing a key role in the club’s two wins while helping his team run their home winning streak at Pullar Stadium to seven in the process.

The 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., product started off by doling out a pair of assists Friday in an overtime win over their cross-border rivals, the Soo Thunderbirds.

Palmerio then tallied twice, including the game-winner, and set-up another marker Saturday as the Eagles rolled over the Timmins Rock.

Riding a four-game point streak as well as having etched his name on the scoresheet in seven of his past eight outings, the Eagles forward now has 10 goals and as many assists through 25 games.

KYLE LIINAMAA, (F) RAYSIDE-BALFOUR CANADIANS – Liinimaa was the ultimate set-up man for the Canadians in their weekend victories as he supplied assists on all three game-winning goals his side scored.

The 18-year-old NOJHL rookie had two helpers in Friday’s decision at Espanola.

Saturday saw the Sudbury native tee up the game-winner with just 12 seconds left in regulation in a late win over the Express.

Liinimaa then capped off his week by assisting on the eventual difference maker yet again as Rayside-Balfour won at Elliot Lake.

With points in four straight, the RBC forward has 12 in total through his first 24 league contests, including three tallies.


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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