Panetta, Fraser, Bidewell named 3 Stars of the Week

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Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Daniel Panetta, Nanaimo Clippers forward Tristan Fraser and Cowichan Valley Capitals goaltender McCoy Bidewell have been named the BCHL 3 Stars of the Week.

1st Star – Daniel Panetta (F) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Panetta led all BCHL goal scorers last week with five tallies over three contests.

On Wednesday, in Salmon Arm’s first game back from a short Christmas break, Panetta scored the insurance marker midway through the third period in a 4-2 win against the Merritt Centennials.

On Saturday, the 20-year-old from Belleville, Ont. scored all three of his team’s goals in a 3-0 blanking of the Vernon Vipers. Panetta scored twice in less than 30 seconds in the first period, then sealed the win with a power-play goal early in the third. He was named the game’s first star.

The Silverbacks captain capped off his productive week by scoring the eventual game-winning goal in a rematch against Vernon on Sunday afternoon as the ‘Backs skated to the 4-1 victory.

Panetta, who is committed to Colgate University, is now up to 13 goals on the year, to go along with 13 assists and 26 points.

2nd Star – Tristan Fraser (F) – Nanaimo Clippers

The Clippers only played one game last week, but Fraser made the most of it, piling up five point to tie for third most among BCHL players.

Nanaimo beat the Coquitlam Express 7-0 on Sunday afternoon and Fraser was in on five of the seven goals. The 20-year-old got his day going with a power-play assist early in the first period which gave his team a 2-0 lead. He would go on to add two more helpers in the frame as the Clippers led 4-0 after two. In the third, Fraser kept up the pace with a goal and another assist with the man advantage to give him a five-point day.

Fraser now has 31 points in 28 games, which puts him in a tie for 12th in league scoring. His 23 assists are the sixth most in the BCHL.

3rd- Star – McCoy Bidewell (G) – Cowichan Valley Capitals

Bidewell faced a ton of rubber in his two starts last week, but managed to toss aside 74 of the 77 shots he faced to finish the week with a .961 save rate and a 1.51 goals-against average.

The Grande Prairie, Alta. native got the start in his team’s first game back from break on Wednesday, stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced to earn his fourth win of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. He was named first star of the game.

Bidewell was back between the pipes on New Year’s Day in a rematch against the Bulldogs where he made 38 saves on 39 shots and earned second star honours in a losing effort as Alberni took the contest 2-0.

The 19-year-old netminder has the third highest save percentage in the BCHL with a mark of .923. He’s 4-5-0 in nine starts this year and has a 2.97 goals-against average.

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Honourable mentions:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks G Owen Say: 2GP – 2W – SO – .980 SV% – 0.50 GAA
Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Simon Tassy: 3GP – 1G – 5A – 6PTS
Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Brandon Santa Juana: 3GP – 1G – 5A – 6PTS
Victoria Grizzlies F Ellis Rickwood: 1GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS
Alberni Valley Bulldogs G Hayden Dunford: 1GP – 1W – SO – 1.000 SV% – 0.00 GAA