Lumberjacks’ Tallarico; Canadians’ Bowen; Beavers’ Young named Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that goaltenders Nicholas Tallarico of the Hearst Lumberjacks and David Bowen of the Rayside-Balfour Canadians along with Blind River Beavers forward Brendan Young have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week, for the period ending Dec. 23.

NICHOLAS TALLARICO, (G) HEARST LUMBERJACKS – In two starts last week, Tallarico earned wins in each of them as the Lumberjacks hit the NOJHL holiday break with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Timmins Rock.

In all, the 20-year-old Vancouver, B.C., product stopped 69 of the 73 shots he faced in the victories vs. the Rock while completing the time frame with a 2.00 goals-against average and .945 save percentage.

Tallarico will enter the New Year having picked up four consecutive triumphs, including two via the shootout.

Overall, the Hearst netminder is tied for fifth in the league in wins (12); eighth in average (2.75) and third in saves (735).

DAVID BOWEN, (G) RAYSIDE-BALFOUR CANADIANS – In a road start Saturday at the Soo Eagles, Bowen was stellar making a personal season-high 56 stops, including 21 alone in the third period, while also keeping his opponents off the score sheet in the final 37 minutes of the contest in helping lead Rayside-Balfour to a 5-2 decision.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper, who hails from Markham, Ont., is in his first season in the NOJHL and has gone 4-1 in his past five appearances for the Canadians and has produced 10 victories overall on the campaign.

Bowen’s .920 save percentage ranks him seventh among all NOJHL stoppers.

BRENDAN YOUNG, (F) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – In Blind River’s lone contest last week, Young notched a shorthanded goal and doled out three assists as the Beavers came away victorious at Rayside-Balfour on Thursday.

Sitting tied for second in league offensive production with 45 points, the 20-year-old from Lefroy, Ont., has scored in four straight games as well as in six of his past seven.

Young, who leads the NOJHL in assists so far this season with 28, also boasts five outings in which he produced three-or-more points, including a trio of five-point affairs.

The NOJHL 3 Stars of the Week will return on Monday, Jan. 7.

Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
David Campbell, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Mihali See, (F) Soo Eagles
Shayne Battler, (G) Cochrane Crunch

Week 2
Cade Herd, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Gregory Brassard, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Brendan Young, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 3
Joseph Benedeto, (G) Soo Eagles
Joe Vrbetic, (G) Powassan Voodoos
Steven Bellini, (D) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 4
Lucas Theriault, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Tyler Masternak, (G) Timmins Rock
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 5
Thomson Phinney, (G) Blind River Beavers
Nick Smith, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Christian Snyder, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 6
Tyler Masternak, (G) Timmins Rock
Benjamin Hatanaka, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Gabriel LeBlanc, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 7
Zach Wickson, (G) Cochrane Crunch
Riley Brosseau, (F) Timmins Rock
Dante Cavaliere, (D) Blind River Beavers

Week 8
Derek Seguin, (F) Timmins Rock
Matthew Bazarin, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Connor Taylor, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats

Week 9
Will Frustaglio, (F) French River Rapids
Joel Rainville, (G) Espanola Express
Max Griffioen, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 10
Christian Cicigoi, (G) Powassan Voodoos
Ethan Lavallee, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Philippe Daoust, (F) French River Rapids

Week 11
Riley Nadeau, (F) Blind River Beavers
Philippe Daoust, (F) French River Rapids
Levi Siau, (F) French River Rapids

Week 12
Tyler Masternak, (G) Timmins Rock
Gage Stephney, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Zach Wickson, (G) Cochrane Crunch

Week 13
Gage Stephney, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Dawson Rodin, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Marshall Frappier, (G) French River Rapids

Week 14
Trent Grimshaw, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Max Griffioen, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks
Sebastein Plamondon, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 15
Ryan Mulligan, (D) Blind River Beavers
Alec Johnson, (D) Hearst Lumberjacks
Justin Bofshever, (F) Cochrane Crunch

Week 16
Nicholas Tallarico, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
David Bowen, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Brendan Young, (F) Blind River Beavers