Masternak, Cloutier-Faucher, Dupuis earn NOJHL Three-Star nods

Timmins Rock goalie Tyler Masternak (35) keeps an eye on the play during NOJHL action against the Rayside-Balfour Canadians at Chelmsford Arena in Chelmsford, Ontario on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

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Tyler Masternak’s masterful performance against the Rayside-Balfour Canadians last week launched the Timmins Rock goaltender into the NOJHL record book, as well as a place among the Eastlink TV Three Stars of the Week.

Forwards Olivier Cloutier-Faucher of the Hearst Lumberjacks and Jared Dupuis of the Blind River Beavers were also named among the league’s second set of weekly honourees for the 2020-21 season.

In two starts last week, Masternak was all but unbeatable as he posted a pair of victories over the Rayside-Balfour Canadians.

The 20-year-old Oshawa, Ont., native allowed just one goal in the pair of outings, finishing up his run in that time frame with an 0.50 goals-against average and an equally stingy .974 save percentage.

Masternak gave up just the one against in regulation Thursday, plus handled all three shootout attempts he faced in a narrow 2-1 triumph at the Canadians. Sunday then saw him set an NOJHL record with his 17th career shutout as Timmins blanked Rayside-Balfour 2-0.

He presently paces all league netminders in both average and save percentage, with marks of 0.67 and .971, respectively.

The Canadians and Rock meet again at Chelmsford Arena, this Thursday at 7 p.m.

Continuing to pile up points, high-scoring Hearst got six of them from Cloutier-Faucher over the weekend in a trio of triumphs over Cochrane.

The 20-year-old Lumberjacks alternate captain, who hails from Sherbrooke, Que., tallied in each outing and dished out three assists, helping his side improve to 5-0 early on the year.

Dating back to last season, the crafty forward has scored in seven straight NOJHL regular-season contests, including all five games he has appeared in to begin this campaign.

In 60 career NOJHL games, Cloutier-Faucher is playing at nearly a point-per-game clip with 56, including 26 goals.

Dupuis, a 20-year-old Iroquois Falls, Ont. product, scored in each outing over the weekend helping the Beavers complete a home-and-home sweep over the rival Soo Thunderbirds.

Dupuis began by putting Blind River ahead for good in a 4-2 road triumph in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday.

He followed that up by notching the game-winner with a short-handed effort on Saturday as the Beavers went on to double up the Thunderbirds 6-3.

In just two outings, Dupuis has already matched his tally total from last season.

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