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Victoria Grizzlies forward Noah Leibl, Wenatchee Wild forward Jason Stefanek and West Kelowna Warriors forward Rylee Hlusiak have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week.
1st Star – Noah Leibl (F) – Victoria Grizzlies
Leibl was the top point-getter in the BCHL last week, piling up five points on two goals and three assists in a pair of Grizzlies wins.
On Friday night at home against the Powell River Kings, the 20-year-old had a career-best four-point night in a 6-1 victory. Leibl assisted on Victoria’s third goal of the game 50 seconds into the second period, then added another helper less than four minutes later to give the home team a 4-1 advantage at intermission. He chipped in another assist in the third and scored a goal of his own in the final minute to close out the scoring.
Leibl was filling the scoresheet again the next night as the Grizzlies hosted the league-leading Penticton Vees. The Shawnigan Lake, B.C. native had a goal in regulation, as well as tally in the shootout, helping his team to a 4-3 win.
Through 28 games this season, Leibl has six goals and nine assists for 15 points.
2nd Star – Jason Stefanek (F) – Wenatchee Wild
Stefanek scored three goals in two games, tying for the most in the league last week, while also adding an assist to give him four points.
The Wild were in Merritt to take on the Centennials on Friday night where the Dartmouth College commit had his best performance in the BCHL, scoring two goals and adding an assist for a three-point outing. Stefanek scored a power-play marker early in the middle frame to give Wenatchee a 2-1 lead, then scored a second with the man advantage later in the period to tie the game at 3-3. He assisted on the game-winning goal with 5:24 to play in regulation and was named first star of the game in a 4-3 win.
On Saturday, Stefanek was held pointless until overtime when he carried the puck into the offensive zone and snapped a wrister by the goaltender to win the game in extra time and seal a 5-4 Wenatchee victory over the host Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The 18-year-old has 18 points in 41 games this year on six goals and 12 assists.
3rd Star – Rylee Hlusiak (F) – West Kelowna Warriors
Hlusiak tied for the league lead in goals last week with three and chipped in with an assist to finish with four points in two games.
The 20-year-old Sacred Heart University commit did all of his damage on Friday night on the road against the Langley Rivermen. With the Warriors trailing 1-0 after the opening frame, Hlusiak scored three goals, all in the second period, to eventually put West Kelowna up 3-2 after two. It was the first hat trick of his BCHL career. He would later add an assist on the team’s sixth and final goal of the game to cap off a 6-2 victory. His hat trick goal stood up as the game-winner, his four points were a BCHL career-high and he was named the first star of the game.
He was held off the scoresheet the next night in a 3-1 loss to the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Hlusiak has 31 points in 39 games on the season, which puts him third in Warriors team scoring. The Barrie, Ont. product’s 20 assists are second most on the team, while his 11 goals are tied for third.
Penticton Vees G Luca Di Pasquo: 2GP – 1W – .973 SV% – 0.51 GAA – 1 SO
Surrey Eagles G Eli Pulver: 2GP – 1W – .951 SV% – 2.02 GAA
Coquitlam Express F Liam Tanner: 2GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
Trail Smoke Eaters F Ethan Mann: 2GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS
Victoria Grizzlies F Devon de Vries: 2GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS
Wenatchee Wild F Ean Somoza: 2GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS