Soo Thunderbirds’ Smith; Cochrane’s Stauffer; Powassan’s Moore named Eastlink 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that forwards Nick Smith of the Soo Thunderbirds and Austin Stauffer of the Cochrane Crunch along with Powassan’s Voodoos’ defenceman Cameron Moore have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Nov. 26.

NICK SMITH, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – Smith recorded points in both of the Thunderbirds wins last week helping lead his side to away victories at Rayside-Balfour and Espanola as they moved back into top spot in the league’s West Division.

The 18-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., picked up four assists in total in the two triumphs to help him extend a consecutive game point streak to seven in the process.

Smith has already notched a career season-high 20 goals so far this season with five of the tallies being game-winners, which leads the entire NOJHL.

His tally total also knots him for fourth-most in league play to date in 2017-18.

AUSTIN STAUFFER, (F) COCHRANE CRUNCH – The 20-year-old from Bloomfield, Mich., helping Cochrane register a pair of key victories over the weekend.

Stauffer started by tallying twice, including notching the game-winner, and adding an assist in a shutout win over Kirkland Lake on Friday at Tim Horton Event Centre.

The following evening in a neutral site affair at Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls, he scored once more as Cochrane went on to edge league-leading Powassan in double overtime.

With markers in three straight outings, Stauffer is presently tied for the NOJHL lead in goals with 21 and shares sixth overall in league offensive production with 37 points.

CAMERON MOORE, (D) POWASSAN VOODOOS – Taking to the ice with the rest of his Powassan teammates, Moore helped the Voodoos pick-up five of a possible six points on a three-game road trip.

The 19-year-old from Wawa, Ont., began by scoring once and helping set-up another in a win at Hearst Friday.

Saturday saw the Powassan D-man notch an assist in the double OT defeat vs. Cochrane in Iroquois Falls before capping off his week with a pair of helpers in a triumph at Timmins Sunday.

Moore enters play this week second in scoring among all NOJHL defencemen with 25 points, trailing only teammate Dayton Murray’s 32.

Meanwhile his 23 assists pace all league blueliners and tie him for fifth among all skaters.


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Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Artem Bortovskiy, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
Max Khull, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 2
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids
Dayton Murray, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Garret Boyonoski, (G) Blind River Beavers

Week 3
Jordan Picard, (F) French River Rapids
Zach Bannister, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids

Week 4
William Bucsis, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Giordano Finoro, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Noah Bennett, (D) Cochrane Crunch

Week 5
Evan Spencer, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Marshal Nikitin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Carter McPhail, (G) Soo Eagles

Week 6
Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles
Jordan Spadafore, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 7
Michael Corson, (G) Blind River Beavers
Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Max Johnson, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 8
Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Jacob Palmerio, (F) Soo Eagles
Eric Jackson, (G) Timmins Rock

Week 9
Ryan Theriault, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Dylan McMahon, (F) Blind River Beavers
Max Khull, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 10
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids/Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles
Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 11
Nick Smith, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Austin Stauffer, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Cameron Moore, (D) Powassan Voodoos