It was a chance for non-forwards to shine as the NOJHL doled out their weekly Three Stars of the Week honours for the games played between October 12th and the 15th. A goaltender and a pair of blueliners rose to nab the spotlight during a week in which the top two teams hosted an entertaining home and home set.
Ken Appleby (Kirkland Lake Blue Devils): Winless through their opening 13 games, the Blue Devils were backstopped to their first two victories of the year, in back to back games, by the goaltending of former North Bay Trapper midget Ken Appleby.
A 16 year old second round draft choice of the Oshawa Generals last May, Appleby came through with an astounding 154 saves over a three game stretch, posting a save percentage of 93.3% while winning two of his three starts.
Not likely to challenge for the lowest goals against average, Appleby is sure to be near the top of the league in total saves, currently battling Ryan MacDonald of Blind River and Abitibi veteran J.P. Fecteau for that honour.
Justin Kord (Abitibi Eskimos):
While there is little doubt that Marc-Alain Begin is the offensive catalyst in Iroquois Falls, defenseman Justin Kord is doing his best to help out the attack from the back-end.
The 18 year old native of Timmins picked up a goal and five assists in helping to lead the Eskies to a pair of wins recently, moving into 4th place in team scoring with 18 points in 14 games this year.
The smooth-skating rearguard is also enjoying the opportunity to play alongside his younger brother again this year, as Jacob Kord returned north after spending one season with theOntarioHockeyAcademyin 2010-2011.
Corey Jackson (Soo Thunderbirds): Playing the Soo Eagles in back to back games last week, the league-leading Thunderbirds needed contributions from right across the roster in sweeping the tw0-match set.
Defenseman Corey Jackson was up to the challenge, picking up a pair of goals along with two assists as the T-Birds look to provide themselves a little breathing room atop the NOJHL West Division.
A soon-to-be 19 year old in his second season with the team, Jackson has nearly equalled his 24 point output in his rookie campaign, racking up no less than 18 points through 14 games to date.