Photo credits: Island Images Photography (Hewitt), Jack Murray (Bradly Nadeau), Garrett James Photography (Josh Nadeau)
Nanaimo Clippers forward Jake Hewitt and Penticton Vees forwards Bradly and Josh Nadeau have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week.
1st Star – Jake Hewitt (F) – Nanaimo Clippers
On Friday night, in a battle of the top two teams in the Coastal Conference, Hewitt had a four-point night in Nanaimo’s 5-2 victory over the Surrey Eagles. The 20-year-old scored his seventh goal of the season early in the second period to give the Clippers the lead and later added another three helpers to lead his team to victory. He was named first star of the game.
On Saturday, Hewitt assisted on an early goal as part of a five-goal first period for Nanaimo in their 6-3 win over the Coquitlam Express. He added a second helper late to finish with another multi-point effort.
The Army commit is riding a three-game point streak with nine points over that stretch. On the year, Hewitt has seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 13 games, which puts him in seventh in league scoring.
2nd Star – Bradly Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees
On Wednesday, Nadeau helped spark a comeback victory against the Cranbrook Bucks by assisting on the Vees second goal to cut the Bucks lead to 3-2 and eventually scoring the winner in overtime in a 4-3 triumph. His two-point night earned him first-star honours.
On Friday, Penticton was in West Kelowna for a date with the second-place Warriors. Nadeau assisted on a power-play goal in the first to give his team the lead, scored the eventual game-winner with the man advantage early in the third and added his second helper later in the period. He finished with three points and again was named first star of the game in a 4-1 win.
The 2023 NHL Draft prospect closed out his week with yet another multi-point performance, this time with a goal and an assist in a 9-3 Vees win over the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday night.
At 17 years old, Nadeau currently leads the BCHL in scoring with 31 points in 14 games. His 13 goals are the most in the league, while his 18 assists are tied for top spot.
Nadeau has points in all 14 games this year and has failed to record multiple points on just two occasions.
3rd Star – Josh Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees
On Wednesday night against the Cranbrook Bucks, Nadeau pulled the Vees to within one in the second period and eventually assisted on the game-winner in overtime to finish with two points in a 4-3 win.
On Friday, Nadeau was in on three of his team’s four goals against the West Kelowna Warriors, scoring twice and adding an assist for a three-point night in a 4-1 win.
The 19-year-old University of Maine commit finished off his productive week with a goal and an assist on Saturday in a 9-3 win against the Trail Smoke Eaters.
Nadeau has points in 13 of his 14 games this year and is currently riding a nine-game streak. He has recorded at least two points in seven straight contests.
He sits in second in league scoring with 27 points in 14 games on nine goals and 18 assists.
Penticton Vees F Aydar Suniev: 3GP – 2G – 5A – 7PTS
Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Ethan Bono: 2GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS
Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Matthew Maltais: 2GP – 3G – 3PTS
Surrey Eagles F Aaron Schwartz: 2GP – 3G – 3PTS
Langley Rivermen G Ajeet Gundarah: 1GP – 1W – 1SO – 1.000 SV% – 0.00 GAA
Vernon Vipers G Ethan David: 1GP – 1W – 1SO – 1.000 SV% – 0.00 GAA