Michaelis, Tassy, Fairlie named FortisBC 3 Stars of the Month

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Trail Smoke Eaters forward Zach Michaelis, Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Simon Tassy and Prince George Spruce Kings goaltender Jordan Fairlie have been named the FortisBC 3 Stars of the Month for December.

1st Star – Zach Michaelis (F) – Trail Smoke Eaters

Michaelis was the league’s second leading scorer in the month of December with 15 points in eight games and was one back of the league lead in goals with seven.

The 19-year-old from Elk River, Minn. notched five multi-point games during the month, including a stretch of five contests where he registered 13 points. His offensive peak came in a Dec. 1 game against the Cranbrook Bucks where he scored twice, including the game-winning goal, and added two assists in his team’s 7-4 victory.

Michaelis’ 18 goals on the year are the sixth most in the BCHL and his 30 points in 25 games put him in the top-20 in league scoring.

2nd Star – Simon Tassy (F) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Tassy continued his high-scoring pace in December, collecting 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in just six games to give him the highest points-per game in the BCHL last month at 2.17 per contest.

The Minnesota State University commit registered a point in all but one game in December, including three separate three-point efforts. He was also a major threat on special teams with one of his goals coming on the power play and another three while shorthanded.

Tassy leads the BCHL in scoring with 47 points in 27 games. He also ranks second in the league with 23 goals and tied for fourth with 24 assists. His three shorthanded goals last month give him five on the campaign, which is also tops in the BCHL.

3rd Star – Jordan Fairlie (G) – Prince George Spruce Kings

Fairlie ranked first among BCHL goalies in December in nearly every statistical category. His .944 save percentage was tops in the league, as was his 1.35 goals-against average and his two shutouts.

The Fort St. John, B.C. native won three of his five starts during the month with one of his losses coming in a 2-1 shootout defeat against the Wenatchee Wild. In six total appearances, Fairlie let in more than one goal on only one occasion. The 19-year-old recorded back-to-back shutouts on Dec. 4 and Dec. 9 in wins against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Cranbrook Bucks.

Fairlie now has a 6-2-2 record on the year with a league-best 1.77 goals-against average and the fourth-best save rate of .921.

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Honourable mentions:

Surrey Eagles F Primo Self: 7GP – 1G – 12A – 13PTS
Trail Smoke Eaters F Brady Hunter: 8GP – 6G – 8A – 14PTS
Penticton Vees F Fin Williams: 10GP – 6G – 10A – 16PTS