NOJHL announces its weekly Eastlink 3 Stars



Release Date: Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

NOJHL announces its weekly Eastlink 3 Stars
Eagles’ Phipps, Murphy; Rock’s Rogers earn weekly honours

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Soo Eagles goaltender Kade Phipps, along with forward Chris Murphy, as well as Timmins Rock netminder Al Rogers have been named the Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period ending Jan. 15.

KADE PHIPPS, (G) SOO EAGLES – In three appearances last week the 18-year-old from Perrysburg, Ohio was victorious in all of them helping his side go 3-0-0-1 overall in the time frame.

Phipps began with 26 stops in a 7-4 decision Espanola Wednesday before making 29 saves Friday in a 4-1 win vs. league-leading Powassan while putting an end to the Voodoos 26-game unbeaten streak.

He then capped off his solid week by posting his first NOJHL shutout Sunday in handling all 26 attempts he saw to blank Rayside-Balfour at Chelmsford Arena.

Since joining Sault Ste. Marie in October, Phipps has gone 15-7-0-0 in 23 appearances and sits third among all league goalkeepers with a 2.64 goals-against average. He’s also fourth in save percentage at .919.

CHRIS MURPHY, (F) SOO EAGLES – A model of consistency all season long for the Eagles, Murphy picked up points in all four contests his club skated in last week.

The 20-year-old from Livonia, Mich., started off by doling out four assists in the road win at Espanola.

He then added helpers in victories over Powassan and Elliot Lake before supplying the game-winner goal Sunday night at Rayside-Balfour.

Currently on a five-game point streak, Murphy leads the Eagles in offensive production in 2016-17 with 53 points in 39 games on 19 tallies and 34 assists.

His total numbers also put him in fifth spot overall among all NOJHL skaters.

AL ROGERS, (G) TIMMINS ROCK – Rogers is making his mark with the Rock in this his final season of Jr. A hockey.

The North Haven, Conn., native began by making 32 saves on 35 shots Thursday against the second-highest scoring team in the league in a 5-3 triumph over the Cochrane Crunch.

He followed that up with a 43-save performance as the Rock rallied for a 3-1 triumph over the Iroquois Falls Eskis Sunday night.

Rogers has registered a 5-1-1-0 record in his past seven starts for Timmins.


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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

Week 14
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Myles Hektor, (G) Blind River Beavers
Bain Cunningham, (F) Timmins Rock

Week 15
Matt Kostiw, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Gary Mantz, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Jake Saxton, (F) Soo Eagles

Week 16
Tyler Fyfe, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Trevor Hawkes, (G) Iroquois Falls Eskis
Korlan Vader, (G) French River Rapids

Week 17
Kade Phipps, (G) Soo Eagles
Chris Murphy, (F) Soo Eagles
Al Rogers, (G) Timmins Rock