NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week



Release Date:  Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that forward Gary Mantz and defenceman Dayton Murray of the Powassan Voodoos along with Blind River Beavers goaltender Myles Hektor have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Oct. 30.

GARY MANTZ, (F) POWASSAN VOODOOS – In three games this past week the 19-year-old native of Waterloo, Ont., had multiple points in each of them helping the Voodoos win all three outings and aid his club in extending their winning streak to seven in succession.

Mantz began by scoring once and adding an assist as Powassan edged Cochrane in overtime on Oct. 24.

Friday night he tallied again and set-up another as the Voodoos blanked the Timmins Rock.

He then capped off his efforts with a hat trick as his side skated to a triumph over visiting Iroquois Falls Sunday afternoon.

Currently riding a league-best 13-game point streak, Mantz sits tied for third overall in NOJHL offensive production with 29 points in 18 games on 13 goals and 16 assists.

MYLES HEKTOR, (G) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – The 18-year-old product from the Illinois community of Lake Bluff was instrumental in leading ever-improving Blind River to two more wins last week.

Hektor began with a 25-save effort Wednesday as the Beavers edge Espanola 3-2.

Then taking on Cochrane Saturday, he helped hold the high-scoring Crunch to just one goal on 31 shots as he backstopped Blind River to a solid 4-1 victory on home ice.

Finishing the week with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage, Hektor now sits tied for second in the NOJHL in both victories and shutouts with nine and two respectively.

DAYTON MURRAY, (D) POWASSAN VOODOOS – Along with Mantz, Murray too impressed last week for Powassan as the Voodoos blueliner turned in solid efforts on both ends of the ice in aiding his club’s three victories last week.

In the match-up against the Crunch Murray supplied helpers on two earlier markers and then buried the game-winner with 36 seconds left in the first overtime to give his team the win.

He then notched his eighth goal of the campaign, which leads all NOJHL defencemen, in the decision over the Rock Friday.

Murray then dished out an assist in the Sunday matinee triumph vs. the Eskis to run a point streak to five and help Powassan take over top spot in the overall league standings.

Through 17 outings he has registered 16 points, which is the second most among all league D-men.


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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