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Nadeau, Schwartz, Bono named NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week

Photo credit: Garrett James Photography

Penticton Vees forward Bradly Nadeau, Surrey Eagles forward Aaron Schwartz and Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week.

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

Nadeau was on fire last week, piling up three goals and three assists for six points in two Penticton wins, notching the game-winning tally in both contests.

On Friday, Nadeau had an assist in both the first and second periods, then a goal in the third before scoring the overtime winner on a beautiful deke on a clear-cut breakaway in a 5-4 Vees win over the Merritt Centennials.

The next night, the 17-year-old scored in the first period and added a helper in the third to lead his team to an 8-2 victory against the Vernon Vipers.

Nadeau is the BCHL’s leading scorer with 18 points in eight games. He leads the league with 11 assists and is tied for the most goals with seven.

2nd Star – Aaron Schwartz (F) – Surrey Eagles

The Eagles only played one game last week, but Schwartz made the most of it, becoming the first player this year to score four goals in a single game.

After a scoreless first period at home against the Langley Rivermen, Schwartz got the ball rolling with two goals less than three minutes apart early in the second frame to make it 2-0. With the Eagles up 5-0 in the third, the Parkland, Fla. native scored his hat trick goal on the power play, then scored another goal just over a minute later for his fourth of the game. The Eagles would eventually win 8-1 to improve to 6-0-0 on the year.

Schwartz leads his team with five goals on the year and is tied for the most points with eight in six games.

3rd Star – Ethan Bono (F) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Bono led all BCHL players in scoring last week with seven points in three games after burying four goals and adding three assists.

The 2004-born Merrimack College commit chipped in with a pair of assists on Thanksgiving Monday as the Bulldogs skated to a 7-4 home win over the Langley Rivermen. On Friday, Bono scored a third-period goal to briefly give Alberni the lead in an eventual 4-3 overtime defeat at the hands of the Nanaimo Clippers. He saved best for last on Saturday night, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist for a four-point night in the Bulldogs 4-2 victory over the Powell River Kings. He was named the game’s first star.

After his performance last week, Bono has climbed into second place in team scoring with nine points in eight games, which puts him in a tie for 12th overall in the BCHL.

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Honourable mentions:

Nanaimo Clippers D Ethan Mistry: 1GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS
Coquitlam Express F Gavin Giesbrecht: 2GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS
Coquitlam Express F Mateo Dixon: 2GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Owen Beckner: 2GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS