THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International
Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Matt Kaarela of the Thunder
Bay North Stars has been named the Pizza Hut player of the week for the
period concluding Dec.16.
In two games during the time frame the 20-year-old Thunder Bay
product accumulated eight points helping the North Stars skate to a pair
The North Stars forward and alternate captain began his award-winning
effort by tallying twice and dishing out four assists in an 8-2 triumph
over Duluth on Dec. 12.
He followed that up two nights later by notching another pair of markers
in a 3-2 overtime win on the road against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.
On the season Kaarela leads all skaters in the SIJHL in goals with 26
and also sits second overall in league offensive production with 41
He is also riding a five-game point streak racking up eight goals and six assists during that span.
Honourable mention for the Pizza Hut player of the week award went to
Dan Divis, (D) Minnesota Wilderness; Rory Court, (F) Dryden Ice Dogs;
Jameson Shortreed, (G) Fort Frances Lakers; Nolan Holcombe, (F)
Minnesota Iron Rangers; and Jon Ringstad (D) Duluth Clydesdales.
At the conclusion of the 2012-13 regular season, the SIJHL’s top
performer will be presented the league’s Pizza Hut player of the year
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)