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Surrey Eagles goaltender Eli Pulver, Alberni Valley Bulldogs goaltender Hobie Heduist and Penticton Vees forward Josh Nadeau have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week, for the week ending Feb. 19.
1st Star – Eli Pulver (G) – Surrey Eagles
The 19-year-old netminder faced 45 shots on Friday night against the Langley Rivermen, including 19 in the first period alone. He went on to make 43 saves in his team’s 3-2 shootout victory.
On Sunday afternoon, Pulver could not be beat as he swatted aside all 36 shots that came his way in Surrey’s 1-0 victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs, a win which clinched the inaugural Mainland Cup title.
After recording his league-best sixth shutout this year, the Vancouver native is just one back of the single-season record for shutouts in a season. Pulver’s .928 save percentage ranks third in the BCHL, while his 2.35 goals-against average is fourth.
2nd Star – Hobie Hedquist (G) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs
The University of North Dakota commit stopped 30 of 31 shots on Friday night against Island rivals the Nanaimo Clippers as he backstopped the Bulldogs to a 3-1 road victory. Back at home on Saturday, Hedquist got the call in the crease again, this time facing 40 shots and only allowing a single goal in a 5-1 Alberni win.
The 20-year-old from Heron Lake, Minn. has 20 wins in 33 appearances this year and owns a .912 save percentage and a 2.83 goals-against, both top-10 in the league.
3rd Star – Josh Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees
On Friday night, the elder of the two Nadeau brothers potted a goal and two assists all in the first period as the Vees jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the West Kelowna Warriors after the opening frame in a game they would go on to win 8-2.
The next night, the University of Maine commit had his second consecutive one-goal, two-assist performance, this time on the road in a 7-2 victory over the Merritt Centennials.
Nadeau now has 80 points on the year and is the BCHL’s second-leading scorer with 80 in 43 games, just two back of his brother’s league lead. His 53 assists this season are the most among all players.
Vernon Vipers F Lee Parks: 2GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS
Penticton Vees F Aydar Suniev: 2GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS
Chilliwack Chiefs G Austin McNicholas: 2GP – W – SO – .980 SV% – 0.50 GAA
Powell River Kings F Karter McNarland: 3GP – 4G – 1A – 5PTS
Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Nicholas Beneteau: 2GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
Wenatchee Wild F Cade Littler: 2GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS