A very well-balanced week in terms of scoring for a number of NOJHL teams finds two newcomers and a familiar face making their way on to the Three Stars of the Weekhonours for October 26th.
Richard Therrien (Abitibi Eskimos): Now on a nine-game scoring streak, Richard Therrien is beginning to provide a secondary scoring source in Iroquois Falls to league-leading sniper Marc-Alain Begin. An 18 year-old native of Hearst, Therrien racked up five goals and two assists, including a hat-trick in a big Abitibi win over the Soo Eagles.
In the process, the second year Eskimo grabbed solid control of second place in team scoring with 28 points in 15 games, vaulting to seventh place in the league race. Last year, Therrien finished with 45 points in 49 games as a rookie with Abitibi.
Djordje Leposavic (North Bay Trappers): With a name like Djordje Leposavic, the 6’1″ rookie defenseman forNorth Bay sounds like he might have been selected from a European Import draft. Truth is that he comes to northernOntario courtesy of Western Canada, a native ofNew Westminster,British Columbia.
And the 19 year old blueliner is settling in quite nicely, thank you very much. Leposavic picked up a goal and six assists last week asNorth Baywon three of four games, beatingSudburyand the Soo Eagles on back to back nights at home.
With 13 points in 15 games to his credit, the former member of theNorth Delta Devils (PIJHL) finds himself locked in a four-way tie for second place in team scoring, four back of Jonathan Aubertin.
Jordan Carroll (Sudbury Cubs): Try as we might to balance out the weekly award, Jordan Carroll makes it awfully tough. TheSudbury sniper was in on eight of the thirteen goals his team scored last week, including a perfect 5/5 in a one goal loss toNorth Bay on the road.
While the NOJHL has not quite hit the one third mark of regular season play, early signs point to the former Soo Greyhound forward battling Begin tooth and nail for the scoring title, when all is said and done.
Carroll’s production last week gives him 41 points in 15 games, four back of Begin, also a former CHL player. Of bigger concern for Carroll and his mates is turning around their recent skid, having lost five of six outings in October.