NOJHL announces its weekly Eastlink 3 Stars



Release Date: Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

NOJHL announces its weekly Eastlink 3 Stars
Wildcats’ Kostiw; Voodoos’ Murray; Thunderbirds’ McDonald garner weekly accolades

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Elliot Lake Wildcats goaltender Matt Kostiw, Powasaan Voodoos defenceman Dayton Murray and Soo Thunderbirds forward Kaidan McDonald  have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Feb. 26.

MATT KOSTIW, (G) ELLIOT LAKE WILDCATS – Kostiw turned in solid three performances last week helping Elliot Lake pick-up four points in the league standings.

The 20-year-old netminder began by making 38 saves in a 4-3 overtime triumph over Blind River Friday.

He then entered in relief Saturday and held the high-flying Soo Thunderbirds to just two goals against on 26 attempts in a no decision at Sault Ste. Marie.

Kostiw then provided a 44-save effort Sunday as the Wildcats defeated their fellow division-rival Soo Eagles Sunday.

Finishing with a solid .938 save percentage for the week the Elliot Lake goalkeeper now sits seventh in the NOJHL in goals-against average at 3.16 and third in save percentage at .919.

DAYTON MURRAY, (D) POWASSAN VOODOOS – Having turned 20 earlier this month, Murray registered five points for the league-leading Voodoos last week helping them move to within a win of their first regular season title in franchise history.

The Voodoos rearguard started off by dishing out a pair of assists and also turned in a strong defensive game as Powassan blanked French River.

Hailing from Spruce Grove, Alta., Murray then notched the game-winning goal and provided set-ups for two other tallies in a win over Timmins.

Murray presently sits second among all NOJHL defenceman in offensive production with 46 points in 47 games.

His 16 goals lead all league blueliners and he’s third in assists with 30 and tops all D-men in game-winning goals with five.

He also has points in four straight and seven of his past eight.

KAIDAN MCDONALD, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – In two games last week the NOJHL rookie picked up points in both of them helping the Thunderbirds come away victorious in both of them to extended a team winning streak to eight and remain unbeaten in 12 with 11 wins and a tie.

The 18-year-old from Inuvik, Northwest Territories dished out an assist in a Sault Ste. Marie triumph over Espanola this past Wednesday.

McDonald then followed that up by doling out three helpers, including one on the game-winner, as the T-Birds blanked Elliot Lake.

On a modest three-game point streak, the Soo rookie now has 22 points in his first 47 league games on three goals and 19 assists.


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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
Braeden 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

Week 20
Bailey Shaver, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Matthew Caruso, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Kade Phipps, (G) Soo Eagles

Week 21
Al Rogers, (G) Timmins Rock
Bradley Hofelich, (F) Soo Eagles
Alex Storjohann, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 22
Austin Kozluk, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Cayse Ton, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Christian Gaudreau, (F) French River Rapids

Week 23
Matt Kostiw, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Dayton Murray, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Kaidan McDonald, (F) Soo Thunderbirds