Cochrane’s Johnson & Herbster; Soo Thunderbirds’ Tassone named NOJHL’s 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that forwards Levi Johnson and Kyle Herbster of the Cochrane Crunch as well as Mark Tassone of the Soo Thunderbirds have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Feb. 25.

LEVI JOHNSON, (F) COCHRANE CRUNCH – In three outings last week the 20-year-old Vernon, B.C., product amassed 11 points in total helping Cochrane skate to a trio of victories.

Johnson had goals in all three triumphs, including his notching his first NOJHL hat trick on Saturday as the Crunch rocked Timmins.

In 17 contests since joining the club in January from the Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL) he is over a point-per-game player with 22 on a dozen tallies and 10 assists.

KYLE HERBSTER, (F) COCHRANE CRUNCH – Herbster too had a productive week for Cochrane as he joined Johnson with 11 points in those three Crunch victories.

The 19-year-old from Cary, Ill., picked up four goals and seven helpers in the time frame helping him extend a point streak to five in succession.

Having a tremendous season, Herbster enters play this week sitting second in league scoring with 82 points on a career single-campaign high 36 markers and 46 assists.

Of note, his eight shorthanded goals lead the NOJHL.

MARK TASSONE, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – Tassone’s efforts during the week that was saw him produce seven points as the Thunderbirds earned three straight wins to move back into first place in the highly-competitive NOJHL’s West Disivion.

Included in the 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie., Ont., product’s run was a four-point night Friday as the Soo topped Blind River on home ice.

Among his efforts last week, Tassone reached the 100-point plateau in his NOJHL career while also notching his 50th tally in league play. He now boasts 102 points in 131 outings on 50 goals and 52 assists.

His 19 markers in 2017-18 is a career single-season high.


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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

Week 17
Jacob Kelly, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Kyle Liinamaa, (F) Rayside-Balfour Candians
Dominick Lavergne, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 18
Shane Beaulieu, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Kyle Liinamaa, (F) Rayside-Balfour Candians
Eric Allair, (D) Powassan Voodoos

Week 19
Christian Bardarson, (F) Soo Eagles
Cam Bruggrabe (G) Blind River Beavers
Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 20
Tyler Masternak, (G) Timmins Rock
Will Caston, (D) Timmins Rock
Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 21
Taylor Unruh, (G) Cochrane Crunch
Brayden Lachance, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Max Johnson, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 22
Spencer Silver, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks
Logan Sawka, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Andrew Rocha, (G) French River Rapids

Week 23
Levi Johnson, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Mark Tassone, (F) Soo Thunderbirds