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Somoza, Lucarelli, Nadeau named NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week

Photo credit: Garrett James Photography (Somoza, Nadeau), Island Images Photography (Lucarelli)

Wenatchee Wild forward Ean Somoza, Powell River Kings forward Anthony Lucarelli and Penticton Vees forward Bradly Nadeau have been named the NAPA Auto Parts 3 Stars of the Week.

1st Star – Ean Somoza (F) – Wenatchee Wild

Somoza scored three goals and added four assists for seven points in two Wenatchee wins last weekend.

On Friday night, the 2003-born forward was the first star in the Wild’s 7-4 home win over the Merritt Centennials after a five-point night that saw him score two goals and add three helpers. Somoza had a goal and two assists in the first period alone as his team built a 4-1 lead at intermission. He added another assist in the second and a power-play marker in the third.

On Saturday, the Thousand Oaks, Calif. native scored the opening goal of the game against the Cranbrook Bucks and later added an assist in Wenatchee’s 5-4 shootout win.

After the weekend, Somoza is now the BCHL’s fourth-leading scorer with 73 points in 52 games. His 51 assists are third-most in the league, while his 22 goals put him in the top-20.

2nd Star – Anthony Lucarelli (F) – Powell River Kings

Lucarelli had a league-high tying four goals last week, while adding a pair of assists for six points in a pair of wins.

The 19-year-old notched the first hat trick of his BCHL career on Friday night in the Kings 9-5 victory over the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals. He scored once in each period and also contributed two assists to finish with five points on the night and earn first star of the game.

Lucarelli found the back of the net again on Saturday in a rematch against Cowichan, potting his 21st of the year to open the scoring in the first period of Powell River’s 5-4 win.

The Chatham, Ont. product leads his team in goals and is two off of the Kings lead in points with 42 in 49 games.

3rd Star – Bradly Nadeau (F) – Penticton Vees

Nadeau led the BCHL in points (eight) and assists (six) last week to go along with a pair of power-play goals in two Penticton victories.

The 2023 NHL Draft prospect notched six points in a single game for the second time in his BCHL career on Friday night when he posted a goal and five assists in the Vees 9-2 win over the Nanaimo Clippers. Four of his six points came on the power play, including his goal late in the second period.

The following night, the 17-year-old had a goal and an assist in his team’s 10-0 triumph over the Merritt Centennials, extending his point streak to 12 games and his multi-point streak to 11.

Nadeau is the BCHL’s leading scorer with 110 points in 51 games. He also leads the league in goals with 44 and assists with 66.

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Honourable mentions:

Wenatchee Wild F Micah Berger: 2GP – 1G – 6A – 7PTS
Wenatchee Wild F Cade Littler: 2GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
Penticton Vees F Aydar Suniev: 2GP – 4G – 2A – 6PTS
Penticton Vees D Ryan Hopkins: 2GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS
Penticton Vees F Nic DeGraves: 2GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS
Penticton Vees F Josh Nadeau: 2GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS
Powell River Kings D Jack Blanchett: 2GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS
Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Brandon Buhr: 2GP – 3G -2A – 5PTS
Vernon Vipers F Luke Pakulak: 2GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS
Cranbrook Bucks F Noah Quinn: 2GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS
Prince George Spruce Kings G Aidan Feddema: 2GP – 1W – 1SO – .977 SV% – 0.61 GAA