Bukovec went off on opening night, scoring all the ‘Dogs’ goals in a 4-1 road win over the Nanaimo Clippers. He completed his hat trick by 2:38 of the second period and added the fourth shortly after. He was named the game’s 1st Star.
The Penticton, B.C. native added an assist the next night in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Victoria Grizzlies. Bukovec, who had six goals all of last season, is the early leader in the BCHL scoring race.
Honourable mentions this week:
Victoria Grizzlies F Justin Michaelian: 2G, 1A, 2 GWGs
Vernon Vipers F Riley Brandt: 2G, GWG, SHG
Trail Smoke Eaters D Tyson Slater: 3G
Prince George Spruce Kings G Stefan Wornig: T, 1st Star, 3rd Star, 81 saves/87 shots, .931 sv%, 2.88 GAA
Penticton Vees F Ty Amonte: 2G, 2A, GWG, 1st Star