NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week



Release Date:  Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Blind River Beavers forward Yianni Liarakos along with forward Andy Baker and goaltender Nate McDonald of the Powassan Voodoos have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Dec. 4.

YIANNI LIARAKOS, (F) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – Helping bolster much of the success in Blind River so far this season has been the play of Liarakos.

The 20-year-old from Toronto has been a model of consistency for the Beavers in 2016-17 where he leads his club in offensive production with 20 tallies and 24 assists for 44 points, which ties him for third overall in the league.

Liarakos started off play last week with an assist in a setback vs. the defending NOJHL champion Soo Thunderbirds on Wednesday.

He followed that up with a hat trick, which included the game-winner, and two assists in a triumph over Iroquois Falls Saturday before finishing with a tally in Blind River’s win over Rayside-Balfour Sunday.

Currently boasting an impressive 16-game point streak to his credit, Liarakos also sits second in the league in game-winning goals with seven.

ANDY BAKER, (F) POWASSAN VOODOOS – One of those leading the way offensively for Powassan during their impressive 20-game winning streak is rookie forward Andy Baker.

The 17-year-old Port Carling, Ont., native scored in each of the Voodoos’ road triumphs over the weekend, including supplying the game-winner at Timmins Sunday.

Baker has notched goals in five straight outings, is riding a seven-game point streak and presently paces all league skaters in game-winning markers with eight.

With points in 14 of his past 15 contests, he also leads the NOJHL in goals with 29 and tops all rookies in offensive production with 44 points in 30 games.

NATE MCDONALD, (G) POWASSAN VOODOOS – McDonald earns Eastlink 3 Stars laurels for a second straight week after backstopping the Voodoos to their three road victories over the weekend and helping his club run their winning streak to 20.

The 17-year-old goaltender, who hails from nearby North Bay, Ont., began by making 21 stops in a narrow one-goal triumph at Kirkland Lake Friday.

Saturday night in Cochrane he made a season-high 39 saves to lift the Voodoos over the Crunch before concluding things by handling 22 of the 24 attempts fired his way as Powassan won in Timmins on Sunday afternoon.

Having come away victorious in his last 12 appearances, McDonald continues to pace all NOJHL netminders in goals-against average, save percentage, wins and shutouts at 1.97, .929, 17 and three respectively.


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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

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