NOJHL announces 3 Stars of the week


Release date: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

NOJHL announces 3 Stars of the week

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League has announced its 3 Stars of the week and garnering accolades for the period concluding Jan. 12 were goaltenders Brody Wagner of the Abitibi Eskimos and Michael Muzyka of the Sudbury Nickel Barons along with Soo Thunderbirds forward Eric Hillock.

BRODY WAGNER, (G) ABITIBI ESKIMOS – In three appearances last week the 20-year-old Wagner picked up the victory in each of them aiding in Abitibi’s efforts to pick-up six points in the overall standings while solidifying their hold on fourth spot while also moving into contention for third place in the league.

The Eskimos netminder began by stopping all 39 shots he faced Tuesday to register his first NOJHL shutout in backstopping Abitibi to a 4-0 win on home ice against Kirkland Lake.

Then on Friday night Wagner kicked out 33 of the 34 attempts fired his way in a 6-1 triumph over Blind River in a game held in Thessalon.

Topping off his week, despite allowing six against, he finished with an incredible 60 saves in a wild 7-6 double overtime victory on the road at Elliot Lake.

Wagner, who hails from Reading, Penn., finished up weekly play with an impressive .950 save mark and 2.25 goals-against average with the one shutout.

His efforts also allowed him to move up into third overall in the league in save percentage at .916.

MICHAEL MUZYKA, (G) SUDBURY NICKEL BARONS – In a pair of starts this past week the 17-year-old Sudbury product helped the Nickel Barons secure a couple of much-needed victories in the club’s efforts to move up the NOJHL standings.

Muzyka started off with a 27-save performance helping lead his club to a narrow 4-3 overtime victory vs. the visiting Blind River Beavers at McClelland Arena.

Then on Saturday at the NOJHL Showcase in Espanola he turned aside 26 of the 28 attempts he faced in a 3-2 triumph over the North Bay Trappers.

Each of his last five starts have been decided by one-goal with his efforts allowing his hometown side to pick-up eight of a possible 10 points in that span.

ERIC HILLOCK, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – The 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native made the most of his offensive output during the week that was by supplying the game-winning tally in both match-ups the league-leading Thunderbirds had while helping them extend their winning streak to 17 games, which is a tie for the most victories in a row in franchise history.

Friday evening at Essar Centre he was the hero in overtime as he slammed home the deciding marker in a hard-fought 2-1 decision vs. the second place Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

The following afternoon in Espanola at the NOJHL Showcase he once again buried the game-winning effort breaking open a tie game in the third period in what was eventually a 4-2 win over Abitibi.

Four of the 10 goals Hillock has scored this season have been game-winners, which ties him for the seventh highest total in that in the league in that department.

Sault Ste. Marie is also 10-0 in each of the contests he has found the back of the net.

2013-14 NOJHL 3 Stars of the Week recipients

Week 18
Brody Wagner, (G) Abitibi Eskimos
Michael Muzyka, (G) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Eric Hillock, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 17
Brett Wagner, (F) Elliot Lake Bobcats
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Corbin Bean, (F) Espanola Rivermen

Week 16
Anthony Miller, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Robert Smythe, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Austin Rust, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 15
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Kyle Bishop, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
James Vuillemot, (D) Elliot Lake Bobcats

Week 14
Darcy Haines, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Tyler Jones, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Landon Hiebert, (F) Abitibi Eskimos

Week 13
Jeremy Picard-Fiset, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Brenden Locke, (F) Abitibi Eskimos
Joey Miller, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 12
Darcy Haines, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Brennen Dubchak, (F) Espanola Riverman
Khadyn Butterfly, (D) Sudbury Nickel Barons

Week 11
Samuel Wilbur, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Brady Clouthier, (F) Abitibi Eskimos
Kenny Fitzgerald, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 10
Corbin Bean, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Everett Thompson, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Brett Wagner, (F) Elliot Lake Bobcats

Week 9
Michael Muzyka, (G) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Ned Simpson, (D) Elliot Lake Bobcats
Andrew Palushaj, (F) Elliot Lake Bobcats

Week 8
Erick Robichaud, (F) Abitibi Eskimos
Dustin Hummel, (G) North Bay Trappers
Steven Babin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 7
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Sylvain Morin, (G) Abitibi Eskimos
Joakim Jutras, (G) Espanola Rivermen

Week 6
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Ryan Scherer, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Owen Headrick, (D) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 5
Joel Horodziejczyk, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Giovanni Foschia, (F) Sudbury Nickel Barons
Grant Syrette, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 4
Brennen Dubchak, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Etienne Roy, (G) Elliot Lake Bobcats
Steven Babin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 3
Gavin Burbach, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Kyle Baril, (F) North Bay Trappers
Ben Miller, (F) Abitibi Eskimos

Week 2
Brennen Dubchak, (F) Espanola Rivermen
Jeremy Picard-Fiset, (D) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Anthony Miller, (F) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 1
Mathieu Lecompte, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Tyler Shanush, (F) Blind River Beavers
Matt Young, (G) Blind River Beavers


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