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Penticton Vees forward Josh Nadeau, Vernon Vipers forward Lee Parks and Surrey Eagles goaltender Eli Pulver have been named the FortisBC 3 Stars of the Month for February.
1st Star – Josh Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees
Nadeau led the BCHL in goals with nine in eight games and also tied for the league lead in points with 16, helping the Vees to a 7-0-1 record during the month.
The 19-year-old did not record a point in the first two games of February, but made up for it in a big way, notching 16 in the final six games. Nadeau put up multiple points in his last five contests, including three or more on four separate occasions. The highlight of his month came on Feb. 24 when he scored four goals in a single game for the first time in his BCHL career to lead Penticton to a 6-2 victory over the Wenatchee Wild.
Nadeau ranks second in league scoring with 86 points in 45 games and is also second in both goals (33) and assists (53).
2nd Star – Lee Parks (F) – Vernon Vipers
Parks also tied for the league lead in scoring in February, posting a line of seven goals, nine assists and 16 points over eight contests.
The Stittsville, Ont. native recorded at least a point in all eight games during the month and is riding a nine-game streak going back to late January. He notched multiple points on five different occasions, including a season-best four points in a Feb. 17 matchup with the Powell River Kings. During that game, Parks had two goals and two assists in Vernon’s 6-5 victory.
After his strong month, the UMass-Lowell commit has climbed into the top-20 in BCHL scoring and currently leads the Vipers with 43 points in 42 games. He is also the team leader in goals with 20.
3rd Star – Eli Pulver (G) – Surrey Eagles
Pulver finished the month of February with an impressive 6-2-0 record with a league-best .950 save percentage, to go along with a 1.98 goals-against average and one shutout.
The 19-year-old Vancouver product won his last five starts to finish the month and conceded two goals or less in six of his eight appearances. He allowed just a single goal in one of his losses, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Penticton Vees.
His shutout came in another 1-0 game, this time won by the Eagles, as he stopped all 36 shots he faced in a road win over the Chilliwack Chiefs on Feb. 19.
Pulver is now tied for the league lead with a .930 save percentage and his 2.29 goals-against average ranks second among all BCHL goalies. His six shutouts on the year are the most in the league and puts him just one away from tying the BCHL’s single-season record of seven.
Penticton Vees F Bradly Nadeau: 8GP – 4G – 12A – 16PTS
Penticton Vees G Luca Di Pasquo: 6GP – 5W – .938 SV% – 1.35 GAA – 1 SO
Penticton Vees F Aydar Suniev: 8GP – 6G – 8A – 14PTS
Penticton Vees D Ryan Hopkins: 8GP – 1G – 10A – 11PTS
Trail Smoke Eaters F Brady Hunter: 8GP – 5G – 10A – 15PTS
Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Nicholas Beneteau: 10GP – 4G – 12A – 16PTS
Alberni Valley Bulldogs G Hobie Hedquist: 7GP – 6W – .931 SV% – 2.11 GAA
Powell River Kings F Anthony Lucarelli: 9GP – 6G – 8A – 14PTS
Nanaimo Clippers F Kai Daniells: 9GP – 7G – 7A – 14PTS
Chilliwack Chiefs G Austin McNicholas: 8GP – 4W – .931 SV% – 2.00 GAA – 1 SO