Thunderbirds Caruso & Behse Among NOJHL AllStars and Award Recipients

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Thursday March 9th its regular season award winners for the 2016-17 campaign as well as its CCM Hockey first and second all-star team recipients that included Soo Thunderbirds forward Matt Caruso and defenseman Jake Behse.

NOJHL TROPHY – BEST OVERALL TEAM PLAYER: MATTHEW CARUSO, SOO THUNDERBIRDS – The Thunderbirds captain played a pivotal role in the club’s success all season long. … The 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario product also led the Thunderbirds in scoring for a second straight year.  In 54 games he scored 29 times and doled out 41 helpers for 70 points. Caruso’s efforts saw him finish tied for seventh in league offensive numbers. The Thunderbirds forward was 11th in tallies, tied for sixth in assists and shared fifth overall in game-winning markers with six while also playing extremely well in all areas of the ice. Caruso also skated for Team NOJHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge Cup.

CCM HOCKEY 2nd ALL-STAR TEAM
CENTRE: MATTHEW CARUSO, SOO THUNDERBIRDS – The Thunderbirds captain played a pivotal role in the club’s success all season long. The 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario product led the Thunderbirds in scoring for a second straight year. In 54 games he scored 29 times and doled out 41 helpers for 70 points. Caruso’s efforts saw him finish tied for seventh in league offensive numbers. The Thunderbirds forward was 11th in tallies, tied for sixth in assists and shared fifth overall in game-winning markers with six while playing extremely well in all areas of the ice. … Caruso was a member of Team NOJHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge Cup.

DEFENCE: JAKE BEHSE, SOO THUNDERBIRDS – A stalwart on the Thunderbirds blueline, Behse contributed to the overall success of his team in all areas. While helping anchor Sault Ste. Marie from the back-end, Behse, who turned 20 earlier this year, had career single-season numbers with the Thunderbirds. Hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Soo defenseman scored six times and helped set-up 21 more for 27 points. Behse was previously a member of Team NOJHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge Cup.

WILLIAM SIDNEY JONES MEMORIAL TROPHY – NOJHL WEST CHAMPION: SOO THUNDERBIRDS – The Thunderbirds claimed their fourth straight West Division crown by finishing with 43-11-1-1 overall record. Sault Ste. Marie also concluded the regular season with 12 consecutive victories and was unbeaten in 16 by picking up 15 triumphs and one tie.

Source: NOJHL

 

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