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Nadeau brothers, Buhr named NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week

Photo credit: Garrett James Photography (Bradly Nadeau, Josh Nadeau), Chaisson Creative (Buhr)

Penticton Vees forwards Bradly and Josh Nadeau and Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week.

1st Star – Bradly Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees

Nadeau tied for the league lead in points and goals last week after piling up three goals, three assists and six points in a pair of Penticton wins.

In Game 1 of the Interior Conference Final on Friday night, Nadeau assisted on the first goal of the game, a power-play marker by Dovar Tinling, then scored one of his own in the third to stretch the Vees lead to 3-0, finishing with two points in an eventual 5-1 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The next night, he doubled his output, scoring two goals and two assists in Penticton’s 5-2 victory, earning first star of the game. Saturday was the third time this postseason he has recorded four points in a single game.

The 2023 NHL Draft prospects leads the BCHL playoffs in scoring with 25 points in 10 games and also has the most goals with 14.

2nd Star – Josh Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees

Nadeau matched his younger brother Bradly with six points last week on three goals and three assists in two games.

In the series opener of the Interior Conference Final against Salmon Arm, the 19-year-old chipped in with an assist in the first period and a goal in the third, both coming with the man advantage.

In Game 2 on Saturday, Nadeau scored twice in the first period, helping the Vees to a 4-1 lead after one. He went on to add two helpers to finish with a four-point night for the second time this postseason.

Nadeau is the league’s leading assist man in the playoffs with 15 and is second in points with 24 points.

3rd Star – Brandon Buhr (F) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Buhr had two goals and three assists for five points in three playoff wins last week.

On Tuesday of last week, Buhr and his Bulldogs teammates won a tight checking 3-1 Game 7 contest over the Surrey Eagles to advance to the Coastal Conference Finals. Buhr scored the insurance marker into the empty net with just three seconds to play.

In the first game of Round 3 against the Chilliwack Chiefs, the Union College commit had a goal and three assists in a wild 9-5 Alberni win. He contributed an assist in all three periods of the game and his second period marker stood up as the game winner. His four-point performance set a new playoff career high.

On Saturday, he was held off the scoresheet in a low-scoring 2-1 Bulldogs win.

Buhr’s 19 playoff points tie him for third in the league, while his 12 assists are second most.


Honourable mentions:

Penticton Vees F Dovar Tinling: 2GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS
Penticton Vees F Aydar Suniev: 2GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS
Penticton Vees G Luca Di Pasquo: 2GP – 2W – .938 SV% – 1.50 GAA
Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Ethan Bono: 2GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS