NOJHL names its Eastlink 3 Stars of the week



Release Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

NOJHL names its Eastlink 3 Stars of the week
Blind River’s Doak & Liarakos along with Powassan’s Bowman garner weekly accolades

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday goaltender Aidan Doak and forward Yianni Liarakos of the Blind River Beavers, along with forward Parker Bowman of the Powassan Voodoos have been named as its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending April 9.

AIDAN DOAK, (G) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – In three appearances last week the 20-year-old netminder from Newmarket, Ont., picked up a pair of critical victories helping Blind River advance to their first NOJHL league championship series berth in franchise history.

Doak began with a 27-minute relief stint Wednesday stopping 21 of the 22 attempts he faced in Game 3 road setback at the Soo Eagles.

Getting the start at Pullar Stadium Friday, the Beavers’ goalkeeper turned in a 33-save performance in his club’s away triumph vs. the Eagles.

He then helped secure the series win over the Eagles by turning aside 37 of the 38 attempts he saw Saturday as Blind River closed out the West Division Final.

In all Doak finished the week with a solid 1.22 goals-against average along with a stingy .968 save percentage.

PARKER BOWMAN, (F) POWASSAN VOODOOS – Pacing Powassan offensively last week was first-year forward Bowman.

The 17-year-old Bracebridge, Ont., product amassed seven points in the final two games against Timmins in the East Division series helping the Voodoos earn their initial NOJHL finals appearance.

Bowman began by tallying twice, including the game-winner, and adding two assists in a Game 3 shutout of the Rock at McIntyre Arena in Timmins.

He then added another marker and doled out a pair of helpers in Game 4 as Powassan won for an eighth consecutive time in the 2017 playoffs to wrap-up the sweep of the Rock.

Bowman currently sits third in league postseason scoring with 15 points on eight goals and seven assists.

YIANNI LIARAKOS, (F) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – The 20-year-old from Toronto continued his impressive campaign by supplying four more points to the Blind River cause aiding in the Beavers’ run to the NOJHL final.

After being held off the scoresheet in Wednesday’s Game 3 shutout loss to the Eagles, Liarakos struck shorthanded in Game 4, which proved to the game-winner, and chipped in with an assist as Blind River skated to a road victory Friday.

One night later he scored once more and set-up another as the Beavers’ improbable season continued with a series-clinching triumph over the Eagles.

Entering the Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy league championship series vs. Powassan, Liarakos leads all NOJHL skaters in 2017 playoff scoring with 19 points in 12 games with eight tallies and 11 assists.


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Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
Ridge Gerads, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Kade Phipps, (G) Soo Eagles
Shadow Reuben, (F) Iroquois Falls Eskis

Week 2
Cole Peck, (D) Blind River Beavers
Parker Bowman, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Jake Saxton, (F) Soo Eagles

Week 3
Cayse Ton, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Kade Phipps, (G) Soo Eagles
Bain Cunningham, (F) Timmins Rock

Week 4
Myles Hektor, (G) Blind River Beavers
Nate McDonald, (G) Powassan Voodoos
Gary Mantz, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 5
Aidan Doak, (G) Blind River Beavers
Parker Bowman, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Yianni Liarakos, (F) Blind River Beavers