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NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that forwards Caleb Serre (Blind River Beavers) and Joel Brandinger (Soo Eagles) along with defenceman Phil Caron (Timmins Rock) have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Nov. 24.

CALEB SERRE, (F) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – In three games last week, the Beavers captain scored in each of them and amassed nine points in all helping his hometown Blind River side pick up a pair of victories.

Serre started with tallies in a triumph over Elliot Lake and another during a narrow setback to Timmins before registering a career single-game-high seven points in a one-sided decision over league-leading Powassan that featured the game-winning goal and six assists.

That marker vs. the Voodoos was his 30th of the season and 100th overall in his impressive NOJHL tenure.

Boasting 15 multi-point outings already in the 2019-20 campaign, Serre tops all league skaters in goals (30), assists (32), points (62), power play markers (14) and game-winning tallies (6).

PHIL CARON, (D) TIMMINS ROCK – The 19-year-old Timmins product was instrumental in a pair of road wins the Rock picked up over the weekend.

Caron collected two tallies and dished out a pair of assists, including one on the game-winner Friday as Timmins rolled over Elliot Lake.

He then set-up another goal in his team’s 2-1 triumph on Blind River Saturday, in the Rock’s 20th victory of the season.

In eight contests since joining the club in late October, Caron is playing at a point-per-game pace with eight in as many outings, including three tallies.

JOEL BRANDINGER, (F) SOO EAGLES – A six-point weekend aided in the surging Eagles produce two more triumphs as they ran their consecutive game winning streak to eight in succession.

The 20-year-old from Grand Rapids, Mich., scored once and added two assists as the Michigan Soo rallied to defeat Hearst Friday.

One night later Brandinger provided the game-winning marker and chipped in with a couple of helpers as the Eagles put an end to the 21-game winning streak of the Powassan Voodoos.

Brandinger has now scored in three straight games and has produced 16 points in 15 games since joining the Soo lineup in mid-October, including collecting seven goals.

Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
Stephen Minichiello, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Owen Say, (G) Powassan Voodoos
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 2
Gabinien Kioki, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Lucas Adams, (F) Blind River Beavers
Max Griffioen, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 3
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers
Shane Brancato, (G) Soo Eagles
Matthew Belanger, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 4
Parker Bowman, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Mitchell Martin, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Landis Antonic, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Week 5
Blake Vaca, (F) Soo Eagles
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Derek Seguin, (F) Timmins Rock

Week 6
Nicholas DeGrazia, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Matais Salem, (D) Espanola Express
Liam Oxner, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 7
Rahul Bola, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
Tyler Savard, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Tomas Yachmenev, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 8
Owen Say, (G) Powassan Voodoos
Connor Taylor, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
David Bowen, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 9
Nick Smith, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Spencer Silver, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks
Jackson Hjelle, (G) Blind River Beavers

Week 10
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Joel Brandinger, (F) Soo Eagles
Chase Johnson, (G) French River Rapids

Week 11
Caleb Wood, (F) Soo Eagles
Jacob Kovacs, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Alex Cannon, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 12
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers
Phil Caron, (D) Timmins Rock
Joel Brandinger, (F) Soo Eagles