NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week



Release Date:  Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that  goaltender Myles Hektor and forward Zak Lambrecht of the Blind River Beavers along with Timmins Rock defenceman James Watier have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Nov. 6.

MYLES HEKTOR, (G) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – One of the key cogs in the success of Blind River so far this season has been the play of netminder Hektor.

Cracking the Eastlink TV 3 Stars for a second straight time, the 18-year-old native of Lake Bluff, Ill., won both of his starts last week raising his victory total in 2016-17 to 11, which ties him for the league lead in that department.

Hektor began by making 33 saves on 34 shots in the Beavers’ 4-1 triumph over the division-leading Soo Thunderbirds, who also enter play this week tied for top spot in the overall NOJHL standings with Cochrane at 30 points apiece.

He then followed that up with 22 more stops on the road as Blind River earned another key win over another divisional foe, in Rayside-Balfour, to move within four points of the Canadians in the race for second spot in NOJHL West.

Having recorded all 11 of his club’s victories to date, including four in a row, Hektor has already aided the Beavers in achieving the most wins for their franchise since the 2012-13 campaign when they won 13 the entire season.

JAMES WATIER, (D) TIMMINS ROCK – Having just joined Timmins two weeks ago the 19-year-old defenceman from Ashburn, Virg., Watier has already helped strengen the Rock.

Friday night he scored his first NOJHL goal and dished out a pair of assists as Timmins won in Iroquois Falls at Jus Jordan Arena.

One night later his tacked on two more helpers on a couple of Rock man advantage markers in a decision at McIntyre Arena over the Espanola Express.

Through his efforts, Watier is now averaging a point-per-game earlier in his tenure with his new squad.

ZAK LAMBRECHT, (F) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – Another one of the components to Blind River’s solid start this season has been the play of 19-year-old Lambrecht.

The Stacy, Minn., product registered a combined five points in the Beavers’ two wins last week.

He began by setting up two of the markers in the triumph over the Thunderbirds then scored once and added two assists in the decision at Rayside-Balfour.

With seven multi-point games to his credit, Lambrecht sits tied for second on the club and sharing 17th spot overall in league offensive production with 23 points in 20 contests, including a team-best 13 goals.

His tally total knots him for the ninth most in the NOJHL to date this season.


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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