Photo credits: Garrett James Photography (Bidewell, Fairlie), Pure Life Photography (Tovell)
Cowichan Valley Capitals goaltender McCoy Bidewell, Salmon Arm Silverbacks goaltender Matthew Tovell and Prince George Spruce Kings goaltender Jordan Fairlie have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week.
1st Star – McCoy Bidewell (G) – Cowichan Valley Capitals
Bidewell was the busiest man in the BCHL on opening weekend, facing 100 shots in two games and making 97 saves to end up with a .970 save percentage and a 1.53 goals-against average as the Capitals split their first two games of the year.
The 20-year-old faced 21 shots in his first period of action this season and ended up seeing 50 total in the game. He swatted away 48 of those in a 2-1 loss to the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday night. He was named second star of the game.
The following night, he was back between the pipes for a home date against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs where he saw 50 shots for the second game in a row, but only let in one goal to lead the Caps to their first victory of the season after a 3-1 decision. He earned first star of the game honours.
The second-year BCHLer has the second highest save percentage in the league after two games.
2nd Star – Matthew Tovell (G) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Tovell played his first BCHL game on Friday night and it could not have gone any better. The Shannonville, Ont. native stopped all 36 shots he faced and earned first star of the game in Salmon Arm’s season opening 3-0 home win over the Vernon Vipers.
He got the start again the next night in a rematch against Vernon, this time on the road, and shut the door for the second game in a row. Tovell made 22 saves on 23 shots to guide the Silverbacks to a 3-1 win and a perfect 2-0 record on opening weekend.
The 20-year-old netminder stopped 58 of the 59 shots he faced to finish the week with a sparkling .980 save percentage, best in the league, as well as 0.50 goals-against average, also tops in the BCHL.
3rd Star – Jordan Fairlie (G) – Prince George Spruce Kings
Fairlie went 2-0 through Prince George’s opening two games of the schedule, stopping 50 of 52 shots to post a .962 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average, as well as one shutout.
The 2002-born Fort St. John, B.C. product got the opening-night start on the road against the Coquitlam Express and he blanked the home team, stopping all 24 shots he faced to earn his fifth career BCHL shutout in a 3-0 Spruce Kings win.
He was back in the crease on Saturday night in Langley where he made 26 saves on 28 shots in a 3-2 PG victory over the Rivermen.
In his third season in the league, Fairlie sits third in save percentage and tied for second in goals-against average.
Trail Smoke Eaters F Adam Parson: 2GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
Penticton Vees F Bradly Nadeau: 2GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS
Penticton Vees F Josh Nadeau: 2GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS
Penticton Vees D Josh Niedermayer: 2GP – 4A – 4PTS
West Kelowna Warriors G Justin Katz: 2GP – 2W – .959 SV% – 1.00 GAA
Nanaimo Clippers F Kai Daniells: 2GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
Surrey Eagles F Jacob Bonkowski: 1GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS
Prince George Spruce Kings F John Herrington: 2GP – 3G – 3PTS
Cowichan Valley Capitals F Luke Strickland: 2GP 3G – 3PTS