NOJHL announces its CCM Hockey Players of the Month for February

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Thursday its respective CCM Hockey player, defenceman, goaltender and rookie of the month for February.

CCM HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE MONTH – KYLE HERBSTER, (F) COCHRANE CRUNCH: Taking to the ice in nine games in February, Herbster amassed 21 points along the way with six goals and 15 assists to his credit.

This included one game-winner and seven multi-point contests for the 19-year-old from Cary, Ill.

Herbster enters the final week of the regular season leading all NOJHL skaters in offensive production with a career single-season high 84 points, including 36 tallies.

His eight shorthanded markers also lead all league skaters.

Honourable Mention: Spencer Silver, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks; Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles

Monthly recipients
September: Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids
October: Tyler Fyfe, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
November: Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos
December: Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles
January: Kyle Liinamaa, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
February: Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch

CCM HOCKEY DEFENCEMAN OF THE MONTH – CONNOR LOVIE, (D) COCHRANE CRUNCH: Averaging over a point-per-game for Cochrane last month, Lovie picked up 13 points in nine games as he scored six times and helped set-up seven others.

The 20-year-old from London, Ont., is riding a five-game point streak and presently tops all NOJHL defencemen in offensive production having notched 14 goals and 32 assists for 46 points.

Two games shy of 200 in his NOJHL career, Lovie’s totals this season are all personal bests.

Honourable Mention: Will Frustaglio, (D) French River Rapids; Colin Bourdreau, (D) Hearst Lumberjacks

Monthly recipients
September: Dayton Murray, (D) Powassan Voodoos
October: Ethan Lavallee, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
November: Dayton Murray, (D) Powassan Voodoos
December: Connor Lovie, (D) Cochrane Crunch
January: Austin Anselmo, (D) Hearst Lumberjacks
February: Connor Lovie, (D) Cochrane Crunch

CCM HOCKEY GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH – TAYLOR UNRUH, (G) COCHRANE CRUNCH: Appearing in seven games for the Crunch in February, Unruh produced a 6-0 record along with a 2.42 goals-against average for the month and a .917 save percentage.

In his final campaign in Jr. A hockey, the veteran netminder from Regina, Sask., sits third in the league in wins with 19.

He also sports a 10-1 won-loss record in his past 11 decisions.

Honourable Mention: Logan Sawka, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats; Julian Galloway, (G) Powassan Voodoos

Monthly recipients
September: Artem Bortovskiy, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
October: MacKenzie Savard, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
November: Shayne Battler, (G) Cochrane Crunch
December: Ryan Winter, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
January: Christian Cicigoi, (G) Powassan Voodoos
February: Taylor Unruh, (G) Cochrane Crunch

CCM HOCKEY ROOKIE OF THE MONTH – SPENCER SILVER, (F) HEARST LUMBERJACKS: February was an impressive one for the North Wales, Penn., product, who turned 19 a month ago.

In a dozen contests for first-year Hearst, Silver was an offensive force as he recorded 21 points along the way, including 11 goals.

This included a NOJHL season single-game-high seven points back on Feb. 13 when he scored four times and set-up three more in a road win at Cochrane.

That effort was one of five multi-point outings he produced last month and among the 12 he’s had so far in 2017-18.

Silver sits fourth in league rookie scoring with 50 points as he’s scored 25 times and produced as many helpers.

Honourable Mention: Jacob Partridge, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians; Sameul Bourdages, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Monthly recipients
September: Owen Robinson, (F) Blind River Beavers
October: Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos
November: Tomas Yachmenev, (F) Powassan Voodoos
December: Camaryn Baber, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
January: Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos
February: Spencer Silver, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

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