Powassan’s Vescio; Blind River’s Serre; Cochrane’s Herbster named NOJHL 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Powassan Voodoos rookie defenceman Payton Vescio along with forwards Caleb Serre of the Blind River Beavers and Kyle Herbster of the Cochrane Crunch have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Dec. 17.

PAYTON VESCIO, (D) POWASSAN VOODOOS – As the second youngest, non-affiliate, defenceman in the NOJHL this season, the 16-year-old Vescio has preformed well for league-leading Powassan.

The North Bay product produced five points, including a trio of game-winning assists, as Powassan skated to three consecutive road victories over the weekend.

Vescio began with a pair of helpers in a triumph at Cochrane Friday, before helping set-up the difference maker in Hearst Saturday.

He then capped off his week with two more assists Sunday afternoon as the Voodoos rallied to defeat Timmins.

The rookie defenceman now has points in five straight and has moved up into a tie for seventh in scoring among first-year league blueliners with 17.

CALEB SERRE, (F) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – With four points in a pair of Blind River wins last week, the 18-year-old Serre moved into the team scoring lead at 42.

Serre started by notching the game-winner to go with an earlier assist as the Beavers rallied late to upend the surging Soo Thunderbirds Friday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

He then added another marker as well as a helper Sunday as Blind River topped French River.

With tallies in three consecutive outings and points in five straight games, Serre has now set personal single-season marks in goals and points with 23 and 42 respectively.

KYLE HERBSTER, (F) COCHRANE CRUNCH – Herbster’s offensive efforts helped Cochrane collect six of a possible eight points during a busy four-game slate last week.

The 19-year-old forward began by picking up an assist in a triumph at Timmins then scored once in a setback vs. Powassan.

From there the Crunch standout added another marker and set-up two more in a double overtime decision at Kirkland Lake.

The Cary, Ill., product then tallied twice more and supplied an one assist in a win vs. Hearst Sunday.

Sporting a five-game point streak, Herbster now sits tied for second in NOJHL scoring with 49 points, in 35 games, having accumulated 21 goals and 28 assists so far, this season.


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Eastlink TV 3 Stars

Week 1
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Artem Bortovskiy, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
Max Khull, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 2
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids
Dayton Murray, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Garret Boyonoski, (G) Blind River Beavers

Week 3
Jordan Picard, (F) French River Rapids
Zach Bannister, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids

Week 4
William Bucsis, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Giordano Finoro, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Noah Bennett, (D) Cochrane Crunch

Week 5
Evan Spencer, (F) Elliot Lake Wildcats
Marshal Nikitin, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Carter McPhail, (G) Soo Eagles

Week 6
Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles
Jordan Spadafore, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 7
Michael Corson, (G) Blind River Beavers
Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Max Johnson, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 8
Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Jacob Palmerio, (F) Soo Eagles
Eric Jackson, (G) Timmins Rock

Week 9
Ryan Theriault, (F) Powassan Voodoos
Dylan McMahon, (F) Blind River Beavers
Max Khull, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 10
Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, (F) French River Rapids/Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Nick Techel, (F) Soo Eagles
Harrison Israels, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 11
Nick Smith, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Austin Stauffer, (F) Cochrane Crunch
Cameron Moore, (D) Powassan Voodoos

Week 12
Hayden Clark, (D) Soo Eagles
Ethan Lavallee, (D) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Steve Bellini, (D) Soo Thunderbirds

Week 13
Brandon Gordon, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Tyler Fyfe, (F) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Tyson Gilmour, (F) Powassan Voodoos

Week 14
Payton Vescio, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers
Kyle Herbster, (F) Cochrane Crunch