Contributed by KIJHL
Liam Fitzgerald (Fernie Ghostriders), Owen Aura (Kamloops Storm) and Frederick Larochelle (Nelson Leafs) have been named the Instat KIJHL 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Feb. 12, 2023.
Fitzgerald – Top Forward – The St. Albert, Alberta product had two goals and four assists in two games, helping the Ghostriders pick up a split in their final two games. Fitzgerald assisted on the opening goal against Columbia Valley in a 5-2 loss. In an 8-1 win against Creston Valley, Fitzgerald had two goals and three assists. The 5-9, 160-pound goalie opened the scoring, assisted on the insurance goal and added a short-handed goal late in the game. In his first season in the KIJHL, Fitzgerald has 11 goals and 34 points in 36 games. He has 27 points in 22 games since joining the Ghostriders from Revelstoke.
Aura – Top Defenceman – The Kamloops product had two goals and two assists in three games, helping the Storm secure second place in the Doug Birks Division. In a 7-3 win against Osoyoos, Aura assisted on the opening goal, scored to give them a 2-1 lead and assisted on the insurance goal. In their 4-2 win over 100 Mile House, Aura scored their fourth goal on the power-play. Aura has six goals and 24 points in 40 games for the Storm
Larochelle – Top Goalie – The Brossard, Que., product picked up key wins for the Leafs against the Grand Forks Border Bruins and Beaver Valley Nitehawks to help secure his team second-place in the Neil Murdoch Division. In the two games, Larochelle stopped 77 of 80 shots for a .963 SP and a 1.50 GAA. Larochelle had a 34-save shutout performance against the Border Bruins and turned aside 43 of 46 shots against the Nitehawks. The 6-1, 180-pound goalie has 12 wins in 23 games to go with a 2.73 GAA and a .913 SP. Larochelle established new career highs in SP and GAA this season.