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Penticton Vees forwards Josh and Bradly Nadeau and Aydar Suniev have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week.
1st Star – Josh Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees
Nadeau put together a massive weekend, racking up nine points in just two games to lead the BCHL in scoring for the week.
The eldest Nadeau brother scored a power-play goal in both the first and second periods in Friday night’s matchup against the West Kelowna Warriors, the first of which held up as the game-winner. He went on to register three assists to finish with a career-best five-point night in Penticton’s 11-2 victory.
The following night, the 19-year-old was piling up the points again, this time with a goal and three helpers to end up with four points in the Vees 4-1 victory over the Prince George Spruce Kings. After going down 1-0 in the second frame, Nadeau assisted on two Penticton goals to take the lead at intermission, then scored one of his own and added his third assist in the final period. He was named first star of the game.
After his nine-point weekend, Nadeau has overtaken his younger brother Bradly for the BCHL scoring lead with 43 points in 20 games. He leads the league in assists with 31 and is tied for seventh with 12 goals. He has failed to register a point in just two games this year.
This is the fourth time already this year he has been named one of the 3 Stars of the Week.
2nd Star – Bradly Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees
Bradly Nadeau put together yet another solid week of play, scoring four goals and chipping in with a pair of assists for six points in two games.
On Friday night, the University of Maine commit and 2023 NHL Draft prospect notched the third hat trick of his BCHL career, and first since Game 4 of the 2022 Fred Page Cup Final, in Penticton’s win over West Kelowna. Nadeau scored once in he middle stanza and twice more early in the third to complete the feat. He also assisted on his brother’s power-play marker earlier in the game to give him four points on the night. He was named first star of the game.
Back at home the next night against Prince George, the 17-year-old scored the game-tying goal midway through the second period, then assisted on the insurance goal midway through the third in the Vees 4-1 win.
Nadeau is now up to 42 points in 20 games on an even 21 goals and 21 assists. He leads the league in goals, while he is second in both assists and points. He has points in 19 of the 20 games he has played this season.
This is the third time he has been named one of the 3 Stars of the Week this season.
3rd Star – Aydar Suniev (F) – Penticton Vees
Suniev registered six points in two games last week after finishing with a goal and two assists in each of Penticton’s two wins.
The Russian-born forward got all of his scoring done in the first period on Friday night with a goal and two assists within the first 6:14 of the contest. Although they went on to score 11 goals in the game, those three early markers would have been enough in the Vees 11-2 win over West Kelowna.
On Saturday night against Prince George, Suniev assisted on the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period, then added a goal and assist in the third for insurance, in Penticton’s 4-1 triumph.
Not to be outdone by his teammates, Suniev is the third leading scorer in the BCHL with 30 points in 17 games. His 14 goals are tied for the second most in the league and his 16 assists are tied for fourth.
The University of Massachusetts commit is riding a nine-game point streak with 21 points over that stretch.
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