Savignac’s scoring surge sees him join Bugeja, Nickolau among NOJHL Three Stars

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Devon Savignac, one of a handful of Greater Sudbury products to make an early impact for the Espanola Express this NOJHL season, racked up six points in a pair of road victories over the French River Rapids this past weekend.

The 17-year-old forward from Garson notched his third career hat trick and the game-winning goal in a triumph on Friday, then added another marker and two assists in a win on Saturday, earning a place among the Eastlink TV Three Stars of the Week.

Soo Thunderbirds goalie Alex Bugeja and Cochrane Crunch netminder Michael Nickolau also earned weekly honours.

Savignac, acquired by the Express from the Blind River Beavers during the summer now has nine points on the season. Espanola is 3-0-1 when he lights the lamp.

Bugeja, a 19-year-old netminder who hails from West Vancouver, B.C., played a pivotal role in helping the Soo collect three of a possible four points against rival Blind River over the weekend.

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He posted a .928 save percentage during that time, making a total of 65 saves in game action, then added six more in a lengthy shootout against the Beavers on Saturday.

Sunday saw Bugeja chip in with an assist and register his first NOJHL victory in a road decision over the Beavers.

Nickolau a first-year goaltender for Cochrane, stood tall for his squad Saturday, making a season-high 44 saves in backstopping the Crunch to a narrow 3-1 decision over previously unbeaten Hearst.

That win was also his first in the league for the 6-foot-4 stopper.

The 19-year-old from Toronto has been busy early in his tenure in Cochrane, having faced the most shots against in the NOJHL so far this season at 202.

Nickolau is also tops in saves made at 182.