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Individual OJHL recognition tied to team

By Alex Gallacher

Christian Cicigoi and Oliver Tarr Named Warrior OJHL Players of the Month

It’s all about the team, said Haliburton County Huskies players, Christian Cicigoi and Oliver Tarr, who were recognized for their performances to earn recent Warrior Ontario Junior Hockey League Players of the Month awards.

During the pre-game before the Huskies took to the ice against the Toronto Patriots on Feb. 15 at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena in Minden, both Cicigoi and Tarr were recognized during an on-ice presentation.

Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) co-ordinator hockey operations Ruben Cohen presented the Warriors Hockey OJHL Player of the Month Award to Haliburton County Huskies forward Oliver Tarr./DARREN LUM Staff

Huskies leading scorer, Tarr earned player of the month honours for November. 

During that month, Tarr scored seven goals – part of a 17-point total – including his third game-winning goal Nov. 8 against the Cobourg Cougars.

He currently sits third in the OJHL’s goal scoring race with 25 goals, and a grand total of 49 points according to the league’s website. While being recognized for this award means a lot to Tarr, none of this was possible without the hard work of his teammates, he said.

“I had a really good start to the year,” Tarr said. “It helps when we are winning, but I’m playing with a lot of great players this year. I definitely could not have done it without them, and even though it’s only one player of the month award I think our main focus is still the championship. It’s nice to be appreciated with individual accolades, but for sure we got to continue this for the rest of the year.”

Tarr will be attending Buffalo’s Canisius College this fall.

Haliburton County Huskies president of business operations and the league’s governor Brad Townsend presented the Warriors Hockey OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League) Player of the Month Award to Haliburton County Huskies goalie Christian Cicigoi./DARREN LUM Staff

For Cicigoi, his perfect month of December helped him reach new heights of his career to earn him the nod as the goalie of the month for December. Going unbeaten in six games and finishing with a 1.97 goals against average and a .950 save percentage, the OJHL made no mistake of giving Cicigoi not only the player of the month award, but CJHL (Canadian Junior Hockey League) third star. 

Currently sitting with 18 wins, one off of the overall lead, Cicigoi is also in the top five for both save percentage and goals against average in the OJHL. The Thunder Bay native felt happy to be recognized, but knows his team did their jobs to give him the best chance to succeed. 

“Winning that award is awesome but I see it as more of a team award,” Cicigoi said. “I think when everyone does their jobs, it makes these things possible. The award should be going to everyone who put in the work, and it shows out there on the ice. It’s great to be recognized for sure and it’s a step in the right direction for the team.” 

Tarr and Cicigoi have contributed big moments during the season, however both players are after the big picture: the OJHL championship. 

While the Huskies start to 2022 has left some room to be desired, both Cicigoi, Tarr and the rest of the team will look to close out the season strong as the push for the playoffs is already in full swing.