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Bukovec’s four-goal effort nabs POW

TBukovecAlberni Valley Bulldogs forward Tristan Bukovec has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 11, the league announced Monday.

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