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Beavers’ McMahon; Eagles’ Keller; Canadians’ Woolcott named Eastlink 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that forwards Dylan McMahon of the Blind River Beavers, Kobe Keller of the Soo Eagles and Taylor Woolcott of the Rayside-Balfour Canadians have been named its initial Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for 2018.

DYLAN MCMAHON, (F) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – In two games to commence the New Year, the 18-year-old Kanata, Ont., product racked up five points helping Blind River skate to a pair of victories.

McMahon began by scoring twice, including game-winner, in 7-6 win over Rayside-Balfour before finishing up with another marker and a pair of assists, including one on the difference maker, in 3-2 triumph over Elliot Lake.

Through his first 40 contests in 2017-18, he has tallied 21 times and helped set-up 10 others for 31 points.

His five game-winning goals so far this season tie McMahon for the most among all NOJHL players.

KOBE KELLER, (F) SOO EAGLES – Hailing from Stevens Point, Wis., the 19-year-old Keller has impressed in his first season in the league.

Last week saw him accumulate seven points in a trio of outings helping the Eagles earn three of a possible six points in the standings.

This included his first NOJHL hat trick, which came Saturday at Pullar Stadium vs. the Espanola Express.

Keller, who has etched his name on the scoresheet in 12 of his past 13 contests, is presently tied for fifth in league scoring with 49 points, including 20 goals.

TAYLOR WOOLCOTT (F) RAYSIDE-BALFOUR CANADIANS – Woolcott opened 2018 by notching his first NOJHL hat trick in a match-up with Blind River on Jan. 4.

Then the 20-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native assisted on the game-winner in a narrow 3-2 victory over the Soo Eagles Sunday evening.

Woolcott enters play this week riding a five-game point streak.

He is also sitting second on the Canadians in offensive production with 29 points in 37 games with a dozen markers and 17 helpers, which are all personal single-season highs.

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Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Artem Bortovskiy, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
Max Khull, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 2
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids
Dayton Murray, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Garret Boyonoski, (G) Blind River Beavers

Week 3
Jordan Picard, (F) French River Rapids
Zach Bannister, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids

Week 4
William Bucsis, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Giordano Finoro, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Noah Bennett, (D) Cochrane Crunch

Week 5
Evan Spencer, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Marshal Nikitin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Carter McPhail, (G) Soo Eagles

Week 6
Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles
Jordan Spadafore, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 7
Michael Corson, (G) Blind River Beavers
Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Max Johnson, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 8
Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Jacob Palmerio, (F) Soo Eagles
Eric Jackson, (G) Timmins Rock

Week 9
Ryan Theriault, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Dylan McMahon, (F) Blind River Beavers
Max Khull, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 10
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids/Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles
Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 11
Nick Smith, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Austin Stauffer, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Cameron Moore, (D) Powassan Voodoos

Week 12
Hayden Clark, (D) Soo Eagles
Ethan Lavallee, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Steve Bellini, (D) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 13
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Tyler Fyfe, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 14
Payton Vescio, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers
Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch

Week 15
Michael Corson, (G) Blind River Beavers
Logan Sawka, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Gabriel Rheault, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 16
Dylan McMahon, (F) Blind River Beavers
Kobe Keller, (F) Soo Eagles
Taylor Woolcott, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians