SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced their latest edition of its “3 Stars” of the week.
Earning the accolades for their on-ice efforts were Soo Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Horodziejczyk, Sudbury Nickel Barons forward Giovanni Foschia and Soo Thunderbirds forward Grant Syrette.
JOEL HORODZIEJCZYK, (G) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – In two starts the 18-year-old netminder was nearly flawless allowing only one goal helping the Thunderbirds come away victorious in both those contests as part of a three-win week for his squad.
He began by backstopping Sault Ste. Marie with a 27-save performance as his club won 6-1 on the road vs. the Sudbury Nickel Barons this past Wednesday.
The NOJHL rookie of the year in 2012-13 followed that up Sunday afternoon by posting his first shutout of the season Sunday as the T-Birds blanked visiting North Bay.
In all, the Sudbury product finished the weekend with a stingy 0.50 goals-against average along with a stellar .974 save percentage in those two appearances.
GIOVANNI FOSCHIA, (F) SUDBURY NICKEL BARONS – Foschia stepped up in a big way leading his side offensively Friday helping them put the brakes on a five-game winless drought.
His efforts came in a neutral site game this past Friday in Timmins as he tallied twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist helping Sudbury skate past the Abitibi Eskimos 5-3.
For the Val Caron native his three-point night matched a career-high single-game output since Sept. 26 of last season when he had a goal and a pair of helpers in a triumph over Elliot Lake.
Foschia’s performance vs. Abitibi also marked his first multiple-goal game in his time in the league.
GRANT SYRETTE, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – It was a solid week for Syrette, who hails from Garden River, Ont., as the 19-year-old racked up eight points helping the Thunderbirds win three times while extending their winning streak to four overall as well as go 8-1 in their past nine outings.
He began by firing a natural hat-trick that included netting the game-winner as Sault Ste. Marie won 6-1 in Sudbury last Wednesday.
Two nights later he set-up the winner as the T-Birds topped Blind River and then completed his week Sunday by adding another marker and three more assists in a shutout victory over North Bay.
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