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Surrey Eagles forward Jacob Bonkowski, Cranbrook Bucks goaltender Nathan Airey and Wenatchee Wild forward Cade Littler have been named the FortisBC 3 Stars of the Month for December.
1st Star – Jacob Bonkowski (F) – Surrey Eagles
The 19-year-old had at least one goal in all but two games in December, including three different occasions where he scored twice in a game. He also registered multi-point performances five times, including four straight to finish the month.
With his strong December showing, Bonkowski has jumped into a tie for sixth in league scoring with 37 points in 29 games, while his 18 goals on the year rank tied for fifth among all BCHL skaters.
2nd Star – Nathan Airey (G) – Cranbrook Bucks
The Abbotsford, B.C. product was busy before the holiday break, making five starts in a span of two weeks. He did not allow more than two goals in a game during that stretch and kept his opponents to just one on three different occasions. He also saw a ton of rubber during these games, facing a minimum of 32 shots in each start, including a Dec. 10 game where he stopped 36 of 37 shots to beat the Penticton Vees 4-1.
Airey now owns the second-best save percentage in the league with a mark of .932 on the season and his 2.33 goals-against average ranks third in the BCHL.
3rd Star – Cade Littler (F) – Wenatchee Wild
The 2022 Calgary Flames draft pick recorded at least a point in seven of nine contests in the month, including five multi-point efforts. He started December with a four-point outing in an overtime loss to the Trail Smoke Eaters and kept rolling from there. He closed out the month with three straight games with two points, including a pair of two-goal performances.
Littler has 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 30 games on the season to sit in a tie for 10th in league scoring.
Victoria Grizzlies F Owen Bohn: 8GP – 6G – 7A – 13PTS
Victoria Grizzlies G Oliver Auyeung-Ashton: 6GP – 4W – 2 SO – .950 SV% – 1.75 GAA
Wenatchee Wild F Ean Somoza: 9GP – 2G – 13A – 15PTS
Wenatchee Wild F Parker Murray: 9GP – 8G – 3A – 11PTS
Penticton Vees F Aydar Suniev: 6GP – 5G – 7A – 12PTS
Penticton Vees F Josh Nadeau: 7GP – 6G – 6A – 12PTS
Penticton Vees F Bradly Nadeau: 7GP – 3G – 10A – 13PTS
Nanaimo Clippers D Ethan Mistry: 8GP – 10A – 10PTS