Beavers’ Corson; Wildcats’ Sawka; Canadians’ Rheault named NOJHL’s 3 Stars

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that goaltenders Michael Corson of the Blind River Beavers and Logan Sawka of the Elliot Lake Wildcats along with forward Gabriel Rheault of the Rayside-Balfour Canadians have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Dec. 24.

MICHAEL CORSON, (G) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – Corson’s efforts helped Blind River pick-up three of a possible four points heading into the league’s holiday break.

Hailing from Darien, Ill., the 18-year-old American made 53 saves in a hard-fought 2-1 double overtime setback against the Soo Eagles before earning a 2-1 victory over Elliot Lake, that featured 39 stops along the way.

Corson currently paces all NOJHL netminders in both goals-against average and save percentage at 2.00 and .949 respectively.

He also sports a 12-4-1 record through 17 appearances for the Beavers heading into the New Year.

LOGAN SAWKA, (G) ELLIOT LAKE WILDCATS – In two appearances for the Wildcats Sawka posted a 1.50 goals-against average and a solid .966 save mark along the way.

The 20-year-old netminder, who hails from Calgary, Alta., began with 45 stops in a narrow 2-1 defeat at Blind River before finishing with a 41-save performance in Espanola as he backstopped Elliot Lake to a 4-1 triumph over the Express.

Sawka’s .926 overall save percentage currently ties him for fifth best among all NOJHL goalkeepers.

GABRIEL RHEAULT, (F) RAYSIDE-BALFOUR CANADIANS – In his club’s lone contest last week, the 20-year-old New Liskeard, Ont., product tallied twice, including the game-winner, as Rayside-Balfour skated to a 5-2 road victory over the Soo Eagles at Pullar Stadium.

With goals in three straight games, Rheault now has five in seven outings since he joined the Canadians at the end of November.

Through 26 games this season, which includes earlier time with both French River and Kirkland Lake, the veteran forward has scored eight times and assisted on 13 others for 21 points.


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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

Week 12
Hayden Clark, (D) Soo Eagles
Ethan Lavallee, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Steve Bellini, (D) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 13
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Tyler Fyfe, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 14
Payton Vescio, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers
Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch

Week 15
Michael Corson, (G) Blind River Beavers
Logan Sawka, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Gabriel Rheault, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians