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Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Noah Serdachny, Prince George Spruce Kings goaltender Aaron Trotter and Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr have been named the BCHL 3 Stars of the Week.
1st Star – Noah Serdachny (F) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Serdachny was the offensive catalyst for the Silverbacks in their first two games of the postseason, notching six points on three goals and three assists in a pair of wins.
The Colorado College commit got things rolling in Game 1 on Saturday with a four-point performance after scoring twice and adding two helpers. With Salmon Arm down 2-0 to the Wenatchee Wild in the second period, Serdachny started the comeback with his first goal of the game just over a minute after Wenatchee took a two-goal lead. He later added a second in the third to increase his team’s lead to two goals in an eventual 6-3 win. He was named first star of the game.
On Sunday evening in Game 2, Serdachny collected a goal and an assist in the ‘Backs 6-2 victory. His second-period goal made the game 3-0 and held up as the game-winner.
The 19-year-old leads the BCHL playoffs in scoring after the first weekend of play.
2nd Star – Aaron Trotter (G) – Prince George Spruce Kings
Trotter won both of his starts over the weekend in the first two games of Prince George’s series against the Cranbrook Bucks, posting a league-best .961 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average, also tops in the BCHL.
The native of Victoria, B.C. stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced in Game 1 on Friday night, earning first-star honours in his team’s 4-1 victory over Cranbrook. The following night in Game 2, Trotter made another 23 saves and only let in one goal as the Spruce Kings won 4-1 again and took a 2-0 series lead.
The 20-year-old stopped 49 of the 51 shots he faced over the weekend.
3rd Star – Brandon Buhr (F) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs
Buhr was clutch for the Bulldogs last weekend, collecting three goals and two assists for five points in a pair of Alberni Valley wins.
In Game 1 of their series against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday night, Buhr notched a goal and two assists in a 5-3 Bulldogs win. His power-play goal late in the second period broke a 2-2 tie to give his team their first lead of the game, after trailing 2-0 early on.
In Game 2 on Saturday, in a low-scoring affair, the North Vancouver, B.C. product scored once in the first period and another in the second in a 3-1 Alberni win. His second-period goal came with the man advantage again and stood up as the game-winning tally. He was named first star of the game.
Buhr’s three goals ties him for the league lead and he is one off the points lead with five.
Vernon Vipers F Cameron MacDonald: 2GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS
Coquitlam Express D Matthew Campbell: 2GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS
Cowichan Valley Capitals F Massimo Sarantos-Lombardi: 2GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
Nanaimo Clippers F Sean Donaldson: 2GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS