SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced today that a trio of goaltenders have been named Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the week for the period concluding Sept. 21.
Earning Eastlink TV 3 stars honours are goaltenders Braddock Baalerud of the Abitibi Eskimos, Kevin Labelle of the Sudbury Nickel Barons and A.J. Smith of the Elliot Lake Wildcats
BRADDOCK BAALERUD, (G) ABITIBI ESKIMOS – In two starts during the week that was the 17-year-old Aurora, Ont., product was stellar in backstopping the Eskimos to a pair of one-goal victories.
Baalerud began with a 31-save performance Friday as Abitibi handed Kirkland Lake their first loss of a season, a 2-1 decision, in a neutral site affair held in Timmins.
One night later he made 36 stops as the Eskimos edged Cochrane 2-1 at Jus Jordan Arena.
For the week Baalerud posted a 1.00 goals-against average along with an impressive .975 save percentage.
KEVIN LABELLE, (G) SUDBURY NICKEL BARONS – Sudbury’s Labelle was recognized for his efforts helping the Nickel Barons pick up consecutive victories over Blind River and Sault Ste. Marie.
The 17-year-old rookie netminder turned aside 27 attempts in a 6-3 result over the Beavers Wednesday then made a whopping 48 saves Saturday as Sudbury dealt the Thunderbirds their first defeat of the campaign by a 3-2 score.
Labelle, who hails from Garson, leads all NOJHL goaltenders in wins having a gone a perfect 4-0 to start his Jr. A career.
A.J. SMITH, (G) ELLIOT LAKE WILDCATS – A long way from home, the Southlake, Texas native etched his name in the Wildcats record books Sunday night as he recorded the first shutout in franchise history, a 27-save effort in a 2-0 decision over visiting Powassan Sunday night.
Smith has come away victorious in his last two starts aiding Elliot Lake’s 3-1 start in their first season in the NOJHL.
Eastlink TV 3 Stars
Brady Clouthier, (F) Abitibi
Cray Roberge, (F) Sudbury
Jason Berube, (F) Cochrane
Alec MacKenzie, (F) Elliot Lake
Matt Young, (G) Cochrane
Nick Sicoly, (F) Soo
Braddock Ballerud, (G) Abitibi Eskimos
Kevin Labelle, (G) Sudbury Nickel Barons
A.J. Smith, (G) Elliot Lake Wildcats