A pair of weekend triumphs by the French River Rapids boosted their season win total from three to five. We go there and elsewhere around the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
With team president Paul Frustaglio behind the bench as the interim head coach, French River used home ice to cuff the Elliot Lake Wildcats 8-3 and edge the Blind River Beavers 3-2. The two victories improved the Rapids record to 5-14-2 on the season.
Frustaglio was filling in for rookie head coach Shawn Frappier, who has taken a leave of absence from his position with French River, as Hockey News North was first to report.
Will Frustaglio sparked French River to the two wins with a six point weekend made up of three goals and three assists. The younger Frustaglio scored the game winner in the victory over Blind River with a third period, shorthanded marker.
AROUND THE NOJHL
… Timmins Rock goalie Tyler Masternak posted his league-leading fourth shutout of the season on Sunday in a 1-0 decision over the visiting Soo Thunderbirds. Timmins now has a record of 14-7-1 on the season.
… Gregory Brassard of the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners is the league’s top goalie with a 10-1-0 record to go with a 1.85 goals against average and .934 save percentage.
… Two veteran forwards have hit the 30-point mark for the season. Cade Herd of the Powassan Voodoos has 13 goals, 20 assists, 33 points while Caleb Serre of the Blind River Beavers has 11-19-30 totals.
PHOTO: French River and Blind River, in NOJHL action from the weekend.